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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XVIII
 
 
[1]    THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
[2]  How long will ye hunt for words?
Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
[3]  Wherefore are we counted as beasts,
And are become unclean in your sight?
[4]  Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger,
Shall the earth be forsaken for thee?
Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?
 
[5]    Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out,
And the spark 1 of his fire shall not shine.
[6]  The light shall be dark in his tent,
And his lamp above 2 him shall be put out.
[7]  The steps of his strength shall be straitened,
And his own counsel shall cast him down.
[8]  For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
And he walketh upon the toils.
[9]  A gin shall take him by the heel,
And a snare shall lay hold on him.
[10]  A noose is hid for him in the ground,
And a trap for him in the way.
[11]  Terrors shall make him afraid on every side,
And shall chase him at his heels.
[12]  His strength shall be hunger-bitten,
And calamity shall be ready at 3 his side.
[13]  The members 4 of his body shall be devoured,
Yea, the first-born of death shall devour his members.
[14]  He shall be rooted out of his tent wherein he trusteth;
And he 5 shall be brought to the king of terrors.
[15]  There 6 shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his:
Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
[16]  His roots shall be dried up beneath,
And above shall his branch be 7 cut off.
[17]  His remembrance shall perish from the earth,
And he shall have no name in the street.
[18]  He shall be driven from light into darkness,
And chased out of the world.
[19]  He shall have neither son nor son’s son among his people,
Nor any remaining where he sojourned.
[20]  They 8 that come after shall be astonished at his day,
As they that went before were 9 affrighted.
[21]  Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,
And this is the place of him that knoweth not God.
 
Note 1. Or, flame. [back]
Note 2. Or, beside. [back]
Note 3. Or, for his halting. [back]
Note 4. Heb. bars of his skin. [back]
Note 5. Heb. it shall (or, thou shalt) bring him. [back]
Note 6. Or, It shall dwell in his tent, that it be no more his (or, because it is none of his) [back]
Note 7. Or, wither. [back]
Note 8. Or, They that dwell in the west are … as they that dwell in the east are &c. [back]
Note 9. Heb. laid hold on horror. [back]
 

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