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Job 18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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 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 light of the wicked goes out,
And the [c]flame of his fire gives no light.
“The light in his tent is darkened,
And his lamp goes out above him.
“His [d]vigorous stride is shortened,
And his own scheme brings him down.
“For he is 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 terrors frighten him,
And harry him at every step.
12 “His strength is famished,
And calamity is ready at his side.
13 [e]His skin is devoured by disease,
The firstborn of death devours his [f]limbs.
14 “He is torn from [g]the security of his tent,
And [h]they march him before the king of terrors.
15 [i]There dwells in his tent nothing of his;
Brimstone is scattered on his habitation.
16 “His roots are dried below,
And his branch is cut off above.
17 Memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name abroad.
18 [j]He is driven from light into darkness,
And chased from the inhabited world.
19 “He has no offspring or posterity among his people,
Nor any survivor where he sojourned.
20 “Those [k]in the west are appalled at his [l]fate,
And those [m]in the east are seized with horror.
21 “Surely such are the 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
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Job 18 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

18 And Bildad the Shuhite answereth and saith: --

When do ye set an end to words? Consider ye, and afterwards do we speak.

Wherefore have we been reckoned as cattle? We have been defiled in your eyes!

(He is tearing himself in his anger.) For thy sake is earth forsaken? And removed is a rock from its place?

Also, the light of the wicked is extinguished. And there doth not shine a spark of his fire.

The light hath been dark in his tent, And his lamp over him is extinguished.

Straitened are the steps of his strength, And cast him down doth his own counsel.

For he is sent into a net by his own feet, And on a snare he doth walk habitually.

Seize on the heel doth a gin, Prevail over him do the designing.

10 Hidden in the earth is his cord, And his trap on the path.

11 Round about terrified him have terrors, And they have scattered him -- at his feet.

12 Hungry is his sorrow, And calamity is ready at his side.

13 It consumeth the parts of his skin, Consume his parts doth death's first-born.

14 Drawn from his tent is his confidence, And it causeth him to step to the king of terrors.

15 It dwelleth in his tent -- out of his provender, Scattered over his habitation is sulphur.

16 From beneath his roots are dried up, And from above cut off is his crop.

17 His memorial hath perished from the land, And he hath no name on the street.

18 They thrust him from light unto darkness, And from the habitable earth cast him out.

19 He hath no continuator, Nor successor among his people, And none is remaining in his dwellings.

20 At this day westerns have been astonished And easterns have taken fright.

21 Only these [are] tabernacles of the perverse, And this the place God hath not known.

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