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Bildad’s Second Response to Job

1Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

2“How long before you stop talking?

Speak sense if you want us to answer!

3Do you think we are mere animals?

Do you think we are stupid?

4You may tear out your hair in anger,

but will that destroy the earth?

Will it make the rocks tremble?

5“Surely the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

The sparks of their fire will not glow.

6The light in their tent will grow dark.

The lamp hanging above them will be quenched.

7The confident stride of the wicked will be shortened.

Their own schemes will be their downfall.

8The wicked walk into a net.

They fall into a pit.

9A trap grabs them by the heel.

A snare holds them tight.

10A noose lies hidden on the ground.

A rope is stretched across their path.

11“Terrors surround the wicked

and trouble them at every step.

12Hunger depletes their strength,

and calamity waits for them to stumble.

13Disease eats their skin;

death devours their limbs.

14They are torn from the security of their homes

and are brought down to the king of terrors.

15The homes of the wicked will burn down;

burning sulfur rains on their houses.

16Their roots will dry up,

and their branches will wither.

17All memory of their existence will fade from the earth;

no one will remember their names.

18They will be thrust from light into darkness,

driven from the world.

19They will have neither children nor grandchildren,

nor any survivor in the place where they lived.

20People in the west are appalled at their fate;

people in the east are horrified.

21They will say, ‘This was the home of a wicked person,

the place of one who rejected God.’”