Bildad Speaks of the Wicked

18 Then Bildad the Shuhite [a]responded,

“How long will you hunt for words?
Show understanding and then we can talk.
“Why are we (A)regarded as beasts,
As stupid in your eyes?
“O [b]you who tear yourself in your anger—
For your sake is the earth to be abandoned,
Or the rock to be moved from its place?

“Indeed, the (B)light of the wicked goes out,
And the [c]flame of his fire gives no light.
“The light in his tent is (C)darkened,
And his lamp goes out above him.
“His [d]vigorous stride is shortened,
And his (D)own scheme brings him down.
“For he is (E)thrown into the net by his own feet,
And he steps on the webbing.
“A snare seizes him by the heel,
And a trap snaps shut on him.
10 “A noose for him is hidden in the ground,
And a trap for him on the path.
11 “All around (F)terrors frighten him,
And (G)harry him at every step.
12 “His strength is (H)famished,
And calamity is ready at his side.
13 [e]His skin is devoured by disease,
The firstborn of death (I)devours his [f]limbs.
14 “He is (J)torn from [g]the security of his tent,
And [h]they march him before the king of (K)terrors.
15 [i]There dwells in his tent nothing of his;
(L)Brimstone is scattered on his habitation.
16 “His (M)roots are dried below,
And his (N)branch is cut off above.
17 (O)Memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name abroad.
18 [j]He is driven from light (P)into darkness,
And (Q)chased from the inhabited world.
19 “He has no (R)offspring or posterity among his people,
Nor any survivor where he sojourned.
20 “Those [k]in the west are appalled at (S)his [l]fate,
And those [m]in the east are seized with horror.
21 “Surely such are the (T)dwellings of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who does not know God.”


  1. Job 18:1 Lit answered and said
  2. Job 18:4 Lit he...tears himself...his
  3. Job 18:5 Lit spark
  4. Job 18:7 Lit steps of his strength
  5. Job 18:13 Heb It eats parts of his skin
  6. Job 18:13 Or parts
  7. Job 18:14 Lit his tent his trust
  8. Job 18:14 Or you or she shall march
  9. Job 18:15 A suggested reading is Fire dwells in his tent
  10. Job 18:18 Lit They drive him...And chase him
  11. Job 18:20 Lit who come after
  12. Job 18:20 Lit day
  13. Job 18:20 Lit who have gone before


18 Then Bildad the Shuhite(A) replied:

“When will you end these speeches?(B)
    Be sensible, and then we can talk.
Why are we regarded as cattle(C)
    and considered stupid in your sight?(D)
You who tear yourself(E) to pieces in your anger,(F)
    is the earth to be abandoned for your sake?
    Or must the rocks be moved from their place?(G)

“The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out;(H)
    the flame of his fire stops burning.(I)
The light in his tent(J) becomes dark;(K)
    the lamp beside him goes out.(L)
The vigor(M) of his step is weakened;(N)
    his own schemes(O) throw him down.(P)
His feet thrust him into a net;(Q)
    he wanders into its mesh.
A trap seizes him by the heel;
    a snare(R) holds him fast.(S)
10 A noose(T) is hidden for him on the ground;
    a trap(U) lies in his path.(V)
11 Terrors(W) startle him on every side(X)
    and dog(Y) his every step.
12 Calamity(Z) is hungry(AA) for him;
    disaster(AB) is ready for him when he falls.(AC)
13 It eats away parts of his skin;(AD)
    death’s firstborn devours his limbs.(AE)
14 He is torn from the security of his tent(AF)
    and marched off to the king(AG) of terrors.(AH)
15 Fire resides[a] in his tent;(AI)
    burning sulfur(AJ) is scattered over his dwelling.
16 His roots dry up below(AK)
    and his branches wither above.(AL)
17 The memory of him perishes from the earth;(AM)
    he has no name(AN) in the land.(AO)
18 He is driven from light into the realm of darkness(AP)
    and is banished(AQ) from the world.(AR)
19 He has no offspring(AS) or descendants(AT) among his people,
    no survivor(AU) where once he lived.(AV)
20 People of the west are appalled(AW) at his fate;(AX)
    those of the east are seized with horror.
21 Surely such is the dwelling(AY) of an evil man;(AZ)
    such is the place(BA) of one who does not know God.”(BB)


  1. Job 18:15 Or Nothing he had remains

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