2 “When are you going to stop your word hunt? Think first, and then we can talk. 3 Why do you think we’re like dumb animals? Do you think we’re stupid? 4 You’re tearing yourself to pieces in your anger. Will the land be abandoned because of you, or the rock be moved from its place?”
The Wicked are Trapped
5 “Indeed, the light of the wicked is extinguished; the flame from his fire doesn’t shine. 6 Light in his tent is dark, and his lamp goes out above him. 7 His strong steps are restricted, and his own advice trips him up.
8 “For he has stumbled into a net with his own feet; he walked right into the network! 9 The trap seizes him by the heel; a snare tightens its hold on him. 10 A rope lies hidden in the dirt; a trap lies[a] waiting for him where he is walking.”
The Wicked Perish without Descendants
11 “He is petrified by terror that surrounds him on all sides; they chase at his heels. 12 He is starved for strength; and is ripe for a fall. 13 Something gnaws on his skin; a deadly disease[b] consumes his limbs. 14 Torn from the security of his home,[c] he is brought before the king of terrors.
15 “There’s nothing in his tent that belongs to him; sulfur is scattered all over his dwelling place. 16 His roots wither underneath, while his branches above are being cut off. 17 No one remembers him anywhere in the land; no one names streets in his honor. 18 He is driven away from light to darkness, made to wander the landscape. 19 He has no children or descendants within his own people; and no survivors where he once lived. 20 People[d] who live west of him are appalled at his fate;[e] those who live east of him are seized with terror. 21 Indeed, the residences of the wicked are like this; and so are the homes of those who don’t know God.”
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