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- Then Bildad the Shuhite replied and said:
- When will you put an end to words? Reflect, and then we can have discussion.
- Why are we accounted like the beasts, their equals in your sight?
- 1 You who tear yourself in your anger, shall the earth be neglected on your account (or the rock be moved out of its place)?
- Truly, the light of the wicked is extinguished; no flame brightens his hearth.
- The light is darkened in his tent; in spite of him, his lamp goes out.
- His vigorous steps are hemmed in, and his own counsel casts him down.
- For he rushes headlong into a net, and he wanders into a pitfall.
- A trap seizes him by the heel, and a snare lays hold of him.
- A noose for him is hid on the ground, and the toils for him on the way.
- On every side terrors affright him; they harry him at each step.
- Disaster is ready at his side,
- 2 the first-born of death consumes his limbs.
- 3 Fiery destruction lodges in his tent, and marches him off to the king of terrors. He is plucked from the security of his tent;
- over his abode brimstone is scattered.
- Below, his roots dry up, and above, his branches wither.
- His memory perishes from the land, and he has no name on the earth.
- He is driven from light into darkness, and banished out of the world.
- He has neither son nor grandson among his people, nor any survior where once he dwelt.
- They who come after shall be appalled at his fate; they who went before are struck with horror.
- So is it then with the dwelling of the impious man, and such is the place of him who knows not God!
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1  Job himself is portrayed as having the heedless rage of wild beasts, despite which God does not forsake the usual course of Divine Providence.
2  First-born of death: that is, disease, plague.
3  The king of terrors: of the nether world, death; however, the Hebrew is obscure.
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