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Job 18 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Bildad: The Wicked Are Punished
Bildad Says the Wicked Are Punished
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:1 - Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:2 - “How long till you put an end to words?
Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:3 - Why are we counted as beasts,
And regarded as stupid in your sight?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:4 - You who tear yourself in anger,
Shall the earth be forsaken for you?
Or shall the rock be removed from its place?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:5 - “The light of the wicked indeed goes out,
And the flame of his fire does not shine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:6 - The light is dark in his tent,
And his lamp beside him is put out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:7 - The steps of his strength are shortened,
And his own counsel casts him down.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:8 - For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
And he walks into a snare.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:9 - The net takes him by the heel,
And a snare lays hold of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:10 - A noose is hidden for him on the ground,
And a trap for him in the road.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:11 - Terrors frighten him on every side,
And drive him to his feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:12 - His strength is starved,
And destruction is ready at his side.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:13 - It devours patches of his skin;
The firstborn of death devours his limbs.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:14 - He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent,
And they parade him before the king of terrors.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:15 - They dwell in his tent who are none of his;
Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:16 - His roots are dried out below,
And his branch withers above.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:17 - The memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name among the renowned.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:18 - He is driven from light into darkness,
And chased out of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:19 - He has neither son nor posterity among his people,
Nor any remaining in his dwellings.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:20 - Those in the west are astonished at his day,
As those in the east are frightened.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:21 - Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who does not know God.”
NKJV Footnotes
Literally before the outside, meaning distinguished, famous

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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