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Job 18 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

18 1 Bildad rehearseth the pains of the unfaithful and wicked.

Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

When will [a]ye make an end of your words? [b]cause us to understand, and then we will speak.

Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and are vile in your sight?

Thou art [c]as one that teareth his soul in his anger. Shall the [d]earth be forsaken for thy sake? or the rock removed out of his place?

Yea, the light of the wicked shall be [e]quenched, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

The light shall be dark in his dwelling, and his candle shall be put out with him.

The steps of his strength shall be restrained, and his own counsel shall cast him down.

For he is taken in the net by his feet, and he [f]walketh upon the snares.

The grenne shall take him by the heel, and the chief shall come upon him.

10 A snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.

11 Fearfulness shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

12 His strength shall be [g]famine: and destruction shall be ready at his side.

13 It shall devour the inner parts of his skin, and the [h]firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

14 His hope shall be rooted out of his dwelling, and shall cause him to go to the [i]king of fear.

15 Fear shall dwell in his house (because it is not [j]his) [k]and brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut down.

17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.

18 They shall drive him out of the [l]light unto darkness, and chase him out of the world.

19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any posterity in his dwellings.

20 The posterity shall be astonied at his [m]day, and fear shall come upon the ancient.

21 Surely such are the habitations of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.


  1. Job 18:2 Which count yourselves just, as Job 12:4.
  2. Job 18:2 Whom you take to be but beasts, as Job 12:7.
  3. Job 18:4 That is, like a madman.
  4. Job 18:4 Shall God change the order of nature for thy sake, by dealing with thee otherwise than he doth with all men?
  5. Job 18:5 When the wicked is in his prosperity, then God changeth his state: and this is his ordinary working for their sins.
  6. Job 18:8 Meaning, that the wicked are in continual danger.
  7. Job 18:12 That which should nourish him shall be consumed by famine.
  8. Job 18:13 That is, some strong and violent death shall consume his strength: or as the Hebrew word signifieth, his members or parts.
  9. Job 18:14 That is, with most great fear.
  10. Job 18:15 Meaning, not truly come by.
  11. Job 18:15 Though all the world would favor him, yet God would destroy him and his.
  12. Job 18:18 He shall fall from prosperity to adversity.
  13. Job 18:20 When they shall see what came unto him.
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Job 18 New International Version (NIV)


18 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

“When will you end these speeches?
    Be sensible, and then we can talk.
Why are we regarded as cattle
    and considered stupid in your sight?
You who tear yourself to pieces in your anger,
    is the earth to be abandoned for your sake?
    Or must the rocks be moved from their place?

“The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out;
    the flame of his fire stops burning.
The light in his tent becomes dark;
    the lamp beside him goes out.
The vigor of his step is weakened;
    his own schemes throw him down.
His feet thrust him into a net;
    he wanders into its mesh.
A trap seizes him by the heel;
    a snare holds him fast.
10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground;
    a trap lies in his path.
11 Terrors startle him on every side
    and dog his every step.
12 Calamity is hungry for him;
    disaster is ready for him when he falls.
13 It eats away parts of his skin;
    death’s firstborn devours his limbs.
14 He is torn from the security of his tent
    and marched off to the king of terrors.
15 Fire resides[a] in his tent;
    burning sulfur is scattered over his dwelling.
16 His roots dry up below
    and his branches wither above.
17 The memory of him perishes from the earth;
    he has no name in the land.
18 He is driven from light into the realm of darkness
    and is banished from the world.
19 He has no offspring or descendants among his people,
    no survivor where once he lived.
20 People of the west are appalled at his fate;
    those of the east are seized with horror.
21 Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man;
    such is the place of one who does not know God.”


  1. Job 18:15 Or Nothing he had remains
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