2 “·When will you stop these speeches [L How long before you stop these words]? ·Be sensible [or Reflect], and then we can talk [Prov. 15:28; 18:13; 29:20]. 3 ·You think of [L Why do you consider/count] us as cattle, as ·if we are stupid [L stupid in your eyes/estimation]. 4 You tear ·yourself [your life] to pieces in your anger. Should the earth be vacant ·just for [or because of] you? Should the rocks move from their places [14:18]?
5 “The lamp of the wicked will be put out, and the flame in their lamps will stop burning. 6 The light in their tents will grow dark, and the lamps ·by their sides [or above them] will go out. 7 Their ·strong steps [vigorous gait] will grow ·weak [cramped; restricted]; ·they will fall into their own evil traps [or their own schemes/advice will throw them down]. 8 Their feet will be caught in a net [Prov. 28:9] when they walk into ·its web [a snare]. 9 A trap will catch them by the heel [Prov. 22:5] and [L a noose] hold them tight. 10 A ·trap for them [L rope] is hidden on the ground, right in their path. 11 ·Terrible things [L Terrors] startle them from every side and ·chase [or disperse] them at ·every step [L their feet]. 12 ·Hunger takes away their strength [or Calamity is hungry for them], and disaster is ·at their side [or prepared for them when they stumble]. 13 Disease eats away ·parts of their skin [or their fleshy limbs]; ·death [L the firstborn of Death; C death is personified] ·gnaws at [consumes] their ·arms and legs [L limbs]. 14 They are torn from the ·safety [confidence] of their tents and ·dragged off to Death, the King of Terrors [L terrors march them off to their king]. 15 ·Their tents are set on fire [or Nothing of theirs will remain in their tents], and sulfur is scattered over their ·homes [or pastures]. 16 Their roots dry up below ground, and their branches die above ground [C the wicked are like a dead tree]. 17 People on earth will not remember them; their names will be forgotten in the land. 18 They will be driven from light into darkness and ·chased [driven] out of the world [C they will die]. 19 They have no children or descendants among their people, and no one will be left alive where they once lived. 20 People ·of the west [or who come after] will be ·shocked [desolated] ·at what has happened to them [by their end/fate], and people ·of the east [or who came before] will be ·very frightened [seized with horror]. 21 Surely this is ·what will happen to [L the dwelling of] the wicked; such is the place of one who does not know God.”
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