Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked

Job 18

1 Then a Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 "How long till you put an end to words?
Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.
3 Why are we counted b as beasts,
And regarded as stupid in your sight?
4 c You 1 who tear yourself in anger,
Shall the earth be forsaken for you?
Or shall the rock be removed from its place?

5 "The d light of the wicked indeed goes out,
And the flame of his fire does not shine.
6 The light is dark in his tent,
e And his lamp beside him is put out.
7 The steps of his strength are shortened,
And f his own counsel casts him down.
8 For g he is cast into a net by his own feet,
And he walks into a snare.
9 The net takes him by the heel,
And h a snare lays hold of him.
10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground,
And a trap for him in the road.
11 i Terrors frighten him on every side,
And drive him to his feet.
12 His strength is starved,
And j destruction is ready at his side.
13 It devours patches of his skin;
The firstborn of death devours his 2 limbs.
14 He is uprooted from k the shelter of his tent,
And they parade him before the king of terrors.
15 They dwell in his tent who are none of his;
Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.
16 l His roots are dried out below,
And his branch withers above.
17 m The memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name 3 among the renowned.
18 4 He is driven from light into darkness,
And chased out of the world.
19 n He has neither son nor posterity among his people,
Nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20 Those 5 in the west are astonished o at his day,
As those 6 in the east are frightened.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who p does not know God."

  1. Cross References
    Job 8:1
    Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 73:22
    I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
  3. Cross References
    Job 13:14
    Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hands?
  4. Cross References
    Job 21:17
    How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? How often does their destruction come upon them, The sorrows God distributes in His anger?
    Proverbs 13:9
    The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
    Proverbs 20:20
    Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
    Proverbs 24:20
    For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
  5. Cross References
    Job 21:17
    How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? How often does their destruction come upon them, The sorrows God distributes in His anger?
    Psalms 18:28
    For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
  6. Cross References
    Job 5:12
    He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands cannot carry out their plans.
    Job 5:13
    He catches the wise in their own craftiness, And the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them.
    Job 15:6
    Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; Yes, your own lips testify against you.
  7. Cross References
    Job 22:10
    Therefore snares are all around you, And sudden fear troubles you.
    Psalms 9:15
    The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
    Psalms 35:8
    Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, And let his net that he has hidden catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.
    Isaiah 24:17
    Fear and the pit and the snare Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
    Isaiah 24:18
    And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear Shall fall into the pit, And he who comes up from the midst of the pit Shall be caught in the snare; For the windows from on high are open, And the foundations of the earth are shaken.
  8. Cross References
    Job 5:5
    Because the hungry eat up his harvest, Taking it even from the thorns, And a snare snatches their substance.
  9. Cross References
    Job 20:25
    It is drawn, and comes out of the body; Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors come upon him.
    Jeremiah 6:25
    Do not go out into the field, Nor walk by the way. Because of the sword of the enemy, Fear is on every side.
  10. Cross References
    Job 15:23
    He wanders about for bread, saying, 'Where is it? ' He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand.
  11. Cross References
    Job 11:20
    But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And they shall not escape, And their hope - loss of life!
  12. Cross References
    Job 29:19
    My root is spread out to the waters, And the dew lies all night on my branch.
  13. Cross References
    Job 24:20
    The womb should forget him, The worm should feed sweetly on him; He should be remembered no more, And wickedness should be broken like a tree.
    Psalms 34:16
    The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
    Proverbs 10:7
    The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.
  14. Cross References
    Job 27:14
    If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
    Job 27:15
    Those who survive him shall be buried in death, And their widows shall not weep.
    Isaiah 14:22
    For I will rise up against them," says the LORD of hosts, "And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, And offspring and posterity," says the LORD.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 37:13
    The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.
    Jeremiah 50:27
    Slay all her bulls, Let them go down to the slaughter. Woe to them! For their day has come, the time of their punishment.
  16. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:3
    And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me," says the LORD.
    1 Thessalonians 4:5
    Not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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