Job 18 The Message Bible

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Bildad Describes the Fate of the Wicked

18 1  Bildad from Shuhah chimed in: 2  "How monotonous these word games are getting! Get serious! We need to get down to business. 3  Why do you treat your friends like slow-witted animals? You look down on us as if we don't know anything. 4  Why are you working yourself up like this? Do you want the world redesigned to suit you? Should reality be suspended to accommodate you?

5  "Here's the rule: The light of the wicked is put out. Their flame dies down and is extinguished. 6  Their house goes dark - every lamp in the place goes out. 7  Their strong strides weaken, falter; they stumble into their own traps. 8  They get all tangled up in their own red tape, 9  Their feet are grabbed and caught, their necks in a noose. 10  They trip on ropes they've hidden, and fall into pits they've dug themselves.

11  Terrors come at them from all sides. They run helter-skelter. 12  The hungry grave is ready to gobble them up for supper, 13  To lay them out for a gourmet meal, a treat for ravenous Death. 14  They are snatched from their home sweet home and marched straight to the death house. 15  Their lives go up in smoke; acid rain soaks their ruins. 16  Their roots rot and their branches wither. 17  They'll never again be remembered - nameless in unmarked graves. 18  They are plunged from light into darkness, banished from the world. 19  And they leave empty-handed - not one single child - nothing to show for their life on this earth. 20  Westerners are aghast at their fate, easterners are horrified: 21  'Oh no! So this is what happens to perverse people. This is how the God-ignorant end up!'"

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