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1 Then answered Bildad the Shuchite, and said,

2 When will ye at length put an end to words? Come to an understanding, and afterward let us speak.

3 For what cause are we counted as beasts, reputed stupid your eyes?

4 Thou, the one that teareth himself to pieces in his anger–– shall for thy sake the earth be forsaken, and the rock be moved away out of its place?

5 Ah, truly the light of the wicked will be quenched, and the spark of his fire shall not give light.

6 The light becometh dark in his tent, and his lamp will be quenched above him.

7 His powerful steps will be narrowed, and his own counsel will cast him down.

8 For he is driven into the net by his own feet, and he taketh his walk upon a snare.

9 The trap will seize him by the heel, and the robber will prevail over him.

10 The cord is hidden for him in the ground, and a trap is set for him on the pathway.

11 All around do terrors scare him, and chase him as he walketh along.

12 His first–born will suffer hunger, and calamity will be ready for his wife.

13 It will devour the limbs of his body: yea, the first–born of death will devour his limbs.

14 Then will be plucked up out of his tent his confidence, and the evil will urge him forward to the king of terrors.

15 It will dwell in his tent, because it is no more his: there will be strewed sulphur on his habitation.

16 Beneath, his roots will be dried up, and above will his boughs he cut away.

17 His resemblance vanisheth from the earth, and no name remaineth for him in the streets.

18 Men will thrust him out from light into darkness, and out of the world will they drive him.

19 He will have neither son nor grandson among his people, nor any that escapeth in the places of his sojourning.

20 Because of his calamitous day are they that come after him astonished, and they that went before are seized with shuddering.

21 Yea, such are the dwellings of the unjust, and this is the place of one that knew not God.