Bildad Speaks of the Wicked
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite responded, F178
2 "How long will you hunt for words?
Show understanding and then we can talk.
3 "Why are we regarded R484 as beasts,
As stupid in your eyes?
4 "O you F179 who tear yourself in your anger--
For your sake is the earth to be abandoned,
Or the rock to be moved from its place?
5 "Indeed, the light R485 of the wicked goes out,
And the flame F180 of his fire gives no light.
6 "The light in his tent is darkened, R486
And his lamp goes out above him.
7 "His vigorous F181 stride is shortened,
And his own R487 scheme brings him down.
8 "For he is thrown R488 into the net by his own feet,
And he steps on the webbing.
9 "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 R489 frighten him,
And harry R490 him at every step.
12 "His strength is famished, R491
And calamity is ready at his side.
13 "His F182 skin is devoured by disease,
The firstborn of death devours R492 his limbs. F183
14 "He is torn R493 from the F184 security of his tent,
And they F185 march him before the king of terrors. R494
15 "There F186 dwells in his tent nothing of his;
Brimstone R495 is scattered on his habitation.
16 "His roots R496 are dried below,
And his branch R497 is cut off above.
17 "Memory R498 of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name abroad.
18 "He F187 is driven from light into R499 darkness,
And chased R500 from the inhabited world.
19 "He has no offspring R501 or posterity among his people,
Nor any survivor where he sojourned.
20 "Those in F188 the west are appalled at his R502 fate, F189
And those in F190 the east are seized with horror.
21 "Surely such are the dwellings R503 of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who does not know God."
F178: Lit answered and said
F179: Lit he...tears himself...his
F180: Lit spark
F181: Lit steps of his strength
F182: Hebrew It eats parts of his skin
F183: Or parts
F184: Lit his tent his trust
F185: Or you or she shall march
F186: A suggested reading is Fire dwells in his tent
F187: Lit They drive him...And chase him
F188: Lit who come after
F189: Lit day
F190: Lit who have gone before
R484: Psalms 73:22
R485: Job 1:21:17; Proverbs 13:9; 20:20; 24:20
R486: Job 1:12:25
R487: Job 1:15:6
R488: Job 1:22:10; Psalms 9:15; 35:8; Isaiah 24:17,18
R489: Job 1:15:21
R490: Job 1:18:18; 20:8
R491: Isaiah 8:21
R492: Zechariah 14:12
R493: Job 1:8:22; 18:6
R494: Job 1:15:21
R495: Psalms 11:6
R496: Isaiah 5:24; Hosea 9:16; Amos 2:9; Malachi 4:1
R497: Job 1:15:30,32
R498: Job 1:24:20; Psalms 34:16; Proverbs 10:7
R499: Job 1:5:14; Isaiah 8:22
R500: Job 1:20:8; 27:21-23
R501: Job 1:27:14,15; Isaiah 14:22
R502: Psalms 37:13; Jeremiah 50:27; Obadiah 1:1:12
R503: Job 1:21:28