Job 18:1-20:29Genesis to R...
Bildad’s Second Speech 1
18:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:
18:3 Why should we be regarded as beasts,
and considered stupid 6 in your sight?
18:4 You who tear yourself 7 to pieces in your anger,
will the earth be abandoned 8 for your sake?
Or will a rock be moved from its place? 9
his flame of fire 12 does not shine.
18:6 The light in his tent grows dark;
his lamp above him is extinguished. 13
and his own counsel throws him down. 16
18:8 For he has been thrown into a net by his feet 17
and he wanders into a mesh. 18
18:9 A trap 19 seizes him by the heel;
a snare 20 grips him.
18:10 A rope is hidden for him 21 on the ground
and a trap for him 22 lies on the path.
18:11 Terrors 23 frighten him on all sides
and dog 24 his every step.
and misfortune is ready at his side. 27
18:13 It eats away parts of his skin; 28
the most terrible death 29 devours his limbs.
18:14 He is dragged from the security of his tent, 30
18:15 Fire resides in his tent; 33
over his residence burning sulfur is scattered.
18:16 Below his roots dry up,
and his branches wither above.
18:17 His memory perishes from the earth,
he has no name in the land. 34
18:18 He is driven 35 from light into darkness
and is banished from the world.
18:19 He has neither children nor descendants 36 among his people,
no survivor in those places he once stayed. 37
18:21 ‘Surely such is the residence 42 of an evil man;
and this is the place of one who has not known God.’” 43
Job’s Reply to Bildad 44
19:1 Then Job answered:
19:2 “How long will you torment me 45
you are not ashamed to attack me! 50
my error 53 remains solely my concern!
and plead my disgrace against me, 56
Job’s Abandonment and Affliction
I receive no answer; 64
I cry for help,
but there is no justice.
19:8 He has blocked 65 my way so I cannot pass,
and has set darkness 66 over my paths.
19:9 He has stripped me of my honor
and has taken the crown off my head. 67
19:11 Thus 73 his anger burns against me,
and he considers me among his enemies. 74
19:12 His troops 75 advance together;
they throw up 76 a siege ramp against me,
and they camp around my tent.
Job’s Forsaken State
19:13 “He has put my relatives 77 far from me;
my acquaintances only 78 turn away from me.
19:14 My kinsmen have failed me;
19:15 My guests 81 and my servant girls
consider 82 me a stranger;
I am a foreigner 83 in their eyes.
19:16 I summon 84 my servant, but he does not respond,
even though I implore 85 him with my own mouth.
19:17 My breath is repulsive 86 to my wife;
19:18 Even youngsters have scorned me;
19:19 All my closest friends 91 detest me;
19:20 My bones stick to my skin and my flesh; 94
19:21 Have pity on me, my friends, have pity on me,
for the hand of God has struck me.
19:22 Why do you pursue me like God does? 97
Will you never be satiated with my flesh? 98
Job’s Assurance of Vindication
19:23 “O that 99 my words were written down,
O that they were written on a scroll, 100
19:24 that with an iron chisel and with lead 101
they were engraved in a rock forever!
19:25 As for me, I know that my Redeemer 102 lives,
and that as the last 103
he will stand upon the earth. 104
19:26 And after my skin has been destroyed, 105
19:27 whom I will see for myself, 108
and whom my own eyes will behold,
and not another. 109
19:28 If you say, ‘How we will pursue him,
since the root of the trouble is found in him!’ 112
19:29 Fear the sword yourselves,
so that you may know
that there is judgment.” 115
Zophar’s Second Speech 116
20:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered:
because of my feelings 119 within me.
20:4 “Surely you know 124 that it has been from old,
ever since humankind was placed 125 on the earth,
20:5 that the elation of the wicked is brief, 126
20:6 Even though his stature 129 reaches to the heavens
and his head touches the clouds,
20:7 he will perish forever, like his own excrement; 130
those who used to see him will say, ‘Where is he?’
20:8 Like a dream he flies away, never again to be found, 131
and like a vision of the night he is put to flight.
20:9 People 132 who had seen him will not see him again,
and the place where he was
will recognize him no longer.
20:10 His sons must recompense 133 the poor;
his own hands 134 must return his wealth.
but that vigor will lie down with him in the dust.
20:12 “If 137 evil is sweet in his mouth
and he hides it under his tongue, 138
20:13 if he retains it for himself
and does not let it go,
and holds it fast in his mouth, 139
it becomes the venom of serpents 142 within him.
20:15 The wealth that he consumed 143 he vomits up,
God will make him throw it out 144 of his stomach.
20:17 He will not look on the streams, 149
the rivers, which are the torrents 150
of honey and butter. 151
20:18 He gives back the ill-gotten gain 152
without assimilating it; 153
he will not enjoy the wealth from his commerce. 154
20:19 For he has oppressed the poor and abandoned them; 155
he has seized a house which he did not build. 156
20:20 For he knows no satisfaction in his appetite; 157
20:21 “Nothing is left for him to devour; 160
that is why his prosperity does not last. 161
20:22 In the fullness of his sufficiency, 162
distress 163 overtakes him.
the full force of misery will come upon him. 164
20:23 “While he is 165 filling his belly,
and rains down his blows upon him. 168
20:24 If he flees from an iron weapon,
then an arrow 169 from a bronze bow pierces him.
20:25 When he pulls it out 170 and it comes out of his back,
the gleaming point 171 out of his liver,
terrors come over him.
20:26 Total darkness waits to receive his treasures; 172
a fire which has not been kindled 173
will consume him
and devour what is left in his tent.
20:27 The heavens reveal his iniquity;
the earth rises up against him.
20:28 A flood will carry off his house,
rushing waters on the day of God’s wrath.
20:29 Such is the lot God allots the wicked,
and the heritage of his appointment 174 from God.”