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Job Chapter 18 Summary

Welcome to, your online Bible Study supplement source. Today we have a chapter summary on Job chapter 18.  Before we get to the summary, let’s review the chapter below.

Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

2 How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.

3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.

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 a snare.

9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.

10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.

11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.

15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it 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 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 neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.

20 They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.

21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

In Job chapter 18, we continue to witness the ongoing dialogue between Job and his friends as they grapple with the profound suffering and hardships that Job is enduring. Bildad, one of Job’s companions, takes the floor in this chapter to offer his perspective on the situation.

Bildad begins by reproaching Job for his lengthy speeches and essentially accuses him of being full of hot air, asserting that Job’s words are empty and provide no comfort or insight. He implores Job to consider the consequences of his actions and the severity of his suffering, insinuating that his troubles are a result of his own wrongdoing.

Bildad then goes on to describe the fate of the wicked, emphasizing that they are ultimately ensnared by their own devices. He paints a grim picture of the wicked person’s life, portraying it as one filled with darkness, terror, and destruction. According to Bildad, their light is extinguished, and they are left in perpetual darkness, haunted by their own fears.

Job 18 Summary

He compares the wicked person’s fate to that of a withered tree, uprooted and forgotten, with no descendants or legacy. Bildad’s argument revolves around the idea that suffering is the lot of the wicked, and since Job is suffering greatly, he must have committed some grave transgression.

Bildad’s speech underscores the prevailing belief in the retribution principle, which suggests that suffering is a direct consequence of sin. He implies that Job’s suffering is evidence of his hidden guilt, urging him to repent and seek forgiveness from the Almighty.

This chapter highlights the tension between Job and his friends, who continue to attribute his suffering to sin, while Job vehemently maintains his innocence. It sets the stage for further debate and introspection as the characters grapple with profound questions about the nature of suffering and divine justice. This is the summary of Job chapter 18; Glory to the Great Creator.

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Minister Koko


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