18 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:
2 “How long until you 1 make an end of words? 2
You must consider, 3 and then 4 we can talk.
3 Why should we be regarded as beasts,
and considered stupid 5 in your sight?
4 You who tear yourself 6 to pieces in your anger,
will the earth be abandoned 7 for your sake?
Or will a rock be moved from its place? 8
5 “Yes, 9 the lamp 10 of the wicked is extinguished;
his flame of fire 11 does not shine.
6 The light in his tent grows dark;
his lamp above him is extinguished. 12
7 His vigorous steps 13 are restricted, 14
and his own counsel throws him down. 15
8 For he has been thrown into a net by his feet 16
and he wanders into a mesh. 17
9 A trap 18 seizes him by the heel;
a snare 19 grips him.
10 A rope is hidden for him 20 on the ground
and a trap for him 21 lies on the path.
11 Terrors 22 frighten him on all sides
and dog 23 his every step.
12 Calamity is 24 hungry for him, 25
and misfortune is ready at his side. 26
13 It eats away parts of his skin; 27
the most terrible death 28 devours his limbs.
14 He is dragged from the security of his tent, 29
and marched off 30 to the king 31 of terrors.
15 Fire resides in his tent; 32
over his residence burning sulfur is scattered.
16 Below his roots dry up,
and his branches wither above.
17 His memory perishes from the earth,
he has no name in the land. 33
18 He is driven 34 from light into darkness
and is banished from the world.
19 He has neither children nor descendants 35 among his people,
no survivor in those places he once stayed. 36
20 People of the west 37 are appalled at his fate; 38
people of the east are seized with horror, 39 saying, 40
21 ‘Surely such is the residence 41 of an evil man;
and this is the place of one who has not known God.’” 42
19 Then Job answered:
2 “How long will you torment me 1
and crush 2 me with your words? 3
3 These ten times 4 you have been reproaching me; 5
you are not ashamed to attack me! 6
4 But even if it were 7 true that I have erred, 8
my error 9 remains solely my concern!
5 If indeed 10 you would exalt yourselves 11 above me
and plead my disgrace against me, 12
6 know 13 then that God has wronged me 14
and encircled 15 me with his net. 16
7 “If 17 I cry out, 18 ‘Violence!’ 19
I receive no answer; 20
I cry for help,
but there is no justice.
8 He has blocked 21 my way so I cannot pass,
and has set darkness 22 over my paths.
9 He has stripped me of my honor
and has taken the crown off my head. 23
10 He tears me down 24 on every side until I perish; 25
he uproots 26 my hope 27 like one uproots 28 a tree.
11 Thus 29 his anger burns against me,
and he considers me among his enemies. 30
12 His troops 31 advance together;
they throw up 32 a siege ramp against me,
and they camp around my tent.
13 “He has put my relatives 33 far from me;
my acquaintances only 34 turn away from me.
14 My kinsmen have failed me;
my friends 35 have forgotten me. 36
15 My guests 37 and my servant girls
consider 38 me a stranger;
I am a foreigner 39 in their eyes.
16 I summon 40 my servant, but he does not respond,
even though I implore 41 him with my own mouth.
17 My breath is repulsive 42 to my wife;
I am loathsome 43 to my brothers. 44
18 Even youngsters have scorned me;
when I get up, 45 they scoff at me. 46
19 All my closest friends 47 detest me;
and those whom 48 I love have turned against me. 49
20 My bones stick to my skin and my flesh; 50
I have escaped 51 alive 52 with only the skin of my teeth.
21 Have pity on me, my friends, have pity on me,
for the hand of God has struck me.
22 Why do you pursue me like God does? 53
Will you never be satiated with my flesh? 54
23 “O that 55 my words were written down,
O that they were written on a scroll, 56
24 that with an iron chisel and with lead 57
they were engraved in a rock forever!
25 As for me, I know that my Redeemer 58 lives,
and that as the last 59
he will stand upon the earth. 60
26 And after my skin has been destroyed, 61
yet in my flesh 62 I will see God, 63
27 whom I will see for myself, 64
and whom my own eyes will behold,
and not another. 65
My heart 66 grows faint within me. 67
28 If you say, ‘How we will pursue him,
since the root of the trouble is found in him!’ 68
29 Fear the sword yourselves,
for wrath 69 brings the punishment 70 by the sword,
so that you may know
that there is judgment.” 71
20 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered:
2 “This is why 1 my troubled thoughts bring me back 2 –
because of my feelings 3 within me.
3 When 4 I hear a reproof that dishonors 5 me,
then my understanding 6 prompts me to answer. 7
4 “Surely you know 8 that it has been from old,
ever since humankind was placed 9 on the earth,
5 that the elation of the wicked is brief, 10
the joy of the godless 11 lasts but a moment. 12
6 Even though his stature 13 reaches to the heavens
and his head touches the clouds,
7 he will perish forever, like his own excrement; 14
those who used to see him will say, ‘Where is he?’
8 Like a dream he flies away, never again to be found, 15
and like a vision of the night he is put to flight.
9 People 16 who had seen him will not see him again,
and the place where he was
will recognize him no longer.
10 His sons must recompense 17 the poor;
his own hands 18 must return his wealth.
11 His bones 19 were full of his youthful vigor, 20
but that vigor will lie down with him in the dust.
12 “If 21 evil is sweet in his mouth
and he hides it under his tongue, 22
13 if he retains it for himself
and does not let it go,
and holds it fast in his mouth, 23
14 his food is turned sour 24 in his stomach; 25
it becomes the venom of serpents 26 within him.
15 The wealth that he consumed 27 he vomits up,
God will make him throw it out 28 of his stomach.
16 He sucks the poison 29 of serpents; 30
the fangs 31 of a viper 32 kill him.
17 He will not look on the streams, 33
the rivers, which are the torrents 34
of honey and butter. 35
18 He gives back the ill-gotten gain 36
without assimilating it; 37
he will not enjoy the wealth from his commerce. 38
19 For he has oppressed the poor and abandoned them; 39
he has seized a house which he did not build. 40
20 For he knows no satisfaction in his appetite; 41
he does not let anything he desires 42 escape. 43
21 “Nothing is left for him to devour; 44
that is why his prosperity does not last. 45
22 In the fullness of his sufficiency, 46
distress 47 overtakes him.
the full force of misery will come upon him. 48
23 “While he is 49 filling his belly,
God 50 sends his burning anger 51 against him,
and rains down his blows upon him. 52
24 If he flees from an iron weapon,
then an arrow 53 from a bronze bow pierces him.
25 When he pulls it out 54 and it comes out of his back,
the gleaming point 55 out of his liver,
terrors come over him.
26 Total darkness waits to receive his treasures; 56
a fire which has not been kindled 57
will consume him
and devour what is left in his tent.
27 The heavens reveal his iniquity;
the earth rises up against him.
28 A flood will carry off his house,
rushing waters on the day of God’s wrath.
29 Such is the lot God allots the wicked,
and the heritage of his appointment 58 from God.”