Job 18:5
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New International Version
"The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning.

New Living Translation
"Surely the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. The sparks of their fire will not glow.

English Standard Version
“Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine.

New American Standard Bible
"Indeed, the light of the wicked goes out, And the flame of his fire gives no light.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yes, the light of the wicked is extinguished; the flame of his fire does not glow.

International Standard Version
"Indeed, the light of the wicked is extinguished; the flame from his fire doesn't shine.

NET Bible
"Yes, the lamp of the wicked is extinguished; his flame of fire does not shine.

New Heart English Bible
"Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, The spark of his fire shall not shine.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Indeed, the light of the wicked is snuffed out. The flame of his fire stops glowing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, And the spark of his fire shall not shine.

New American Standard 1977
“Indeed, the light of the wicked goes out,
            And the flame of his fire gives no light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The light of the wicked shall certainly be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the flame of his fire shall not shine.

American King James Version
Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

American Standard Version
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, And the spark of his fire shall not shine.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall not the light of the wicked be extinguished, and the flame of his fire not shine?

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the flame of his fire shall not shine.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

World English Bible
"Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, The spark of his fire shall not shine.

Young's Literal Translation
Also, the light of the wicked is extinguished. And there doth not shine a spark of his fire.
Study Bible
Bildad: God Punishes the Wicked
4"O you who tear yourself in your anger-- For your sake is the earth to be abandoned, Or the rock to be moved from its place? 5"Indeed, the light of the wicked goes out, And the flame of his fire gives no light. 6"The light in his tent is darkened, And his lamp goes out above him.…
Cross References
Job 18:4
"O you who tear yourself in your anger-- For your sake is the earth to be abandoned, Or the rock to be moved from its place?

Job 21:17
"How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger?

Proverbs 4:19
The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.

Proverbs 13:9
The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out.

Proverbs 20:20
He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in time of darkness.

Proverbs 24:20
For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

Isaiah 57:20
But the wicked are like the tossing sea, For it cannot be quiet, And its waters toss up refuse and mud.

Ezekiel 32:7
"And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud And the moon will not give its light.
Treasury of Scripture

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

the light

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoices: but the lamp of the wicked shall …

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out …

Proverbs 24:20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked …

spark

Isaiah 50:11 Behold, all you that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about …

Verses 5-21. - Bildad, from this point, turns wholly to denunciation. He strings together a long series of menaces - probably ancient saws, drawn from "the wisdom of the Beni Kedem" (1 Kings 4:30), and descriptive of the wretched fate of the wicked man, with whom he identifies Job. Verse 5. - Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out. Whatever the wicked man may at any time have acquired of splendour, glory, honour, wealth, or prosperity, shall be taken from him, and as it were extinguished. And the spark of his fire shall not shine. Not a single trace of his splendour, not a spark, not a glimmer, shall remain. Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out,.... Or "nevertheless" (m); notwithstanding all this disregard and inattention to us, and contempt of us, and all the rage, and wrath, and pride, and haughtiness discovered, as if the laws of nature, and stated methods of Providence, must all give way to justify a man in such circumstances as show him to be wicked; this will certainly be his case, his "light shall be put out"; meaning not the light of his eyes, or his corporeal light, which sometimes has been the case of wicked men, as was of the Sodomites, since this, through accident, or old age, is common to good and bad then; but rather moral light, the light of nature, with which every man is enlightened that comes into the world; by which he can discern things natural and civil, and in some degree things moral and religious, though in a very dim manner; and which, when it is abused, may be taken away, and men be given up to judicial blindness, and to a reprobate mind, a mind void of sense and judgment. Cocceius thinks light of doctrine may be intended, speculative and notional light and knowledge of divine things, as of God, and his perfections, which may be more clearly discerned by revelation than by the light of nature; and of Christ, his person, offices, and grace; and of the Gospel, and each of the doctrines of it, which men may be enlightened into, and yet be wicked men, as Balsam, and others; which knowledge may be lost, and light put out, as in the man that had but one talent, and neglected it, and in the idle shepherd, Matthew 25:29; to which may be added the light of joy, or a flash of natural affections that sometimes is to be observed in hypocritical persons, or notional professors, which in time is lost, and comes to nothing, as in Herod and the stony ground hearers, Mark 6:20; but as for the true spiritual light, and experimental knowledge, that can never be lost or put out, but shines more and more unto the perfect day: but it seems best by "light" here to understand outward prosperity, for as darkness is often put for adversity, so light for prosperity in civil things, see Esther 8:16; but then, though this in wicked men is often put out, and they are reduced to distressed circumstances, yet not always; and it sometimes is the case of good men, and was the case of Job, which Bildad had his eye upon, see Job 29:2;

and the spark of his fire shall not shine; all his carnal reasonings, the effects of the light of nature, and all his schemes, especially religious ones built upon them, shall all come to nothing, and be of no effect or use unto him, see Isaiah 50:11; or the sense is, that he shall be reduced to so low a condition in things civil, that he shall have no light nor heat, nor joy and comfort, in this sense; no, not so much as a spark of outward happiness shall be left him.

(m) "attamen, nihilominus", Cocceius, Schultens; so the Targum. 5. That (Job 18:4) cannot be. The decree of God is unalterable, the light (prosperity) of the wicked shall at length be put out.

his fire—alluding to Arabian hospitality, which prided itself on welcoming the stranger to the fire in the tent, and even lit fires to direct him to it. The ungodly shall be deprived of the means to show hospitality. His dwelling shall be dark and desolate!18:5-10 Bildad describes the miserable condition of a wicked man; in which there is much certain truth, if we consider that a sinful condition is a sad condition, and that sin will be men's ruin, if they do not repent. Though Bildad thought the application of it to Job was easy, yet it was not safe nor just. It is common for angry disputants to rank their opponents among God's enemies, and to draw wrong conclusions from important truths. The destruction of the wicked is foretold. That destruction is represented under the similitude of a beast or bird caught in a snare, or a malefactor taken into custody. Satan, as he was a murderer, so he was a robber, from the beginning. He, the tempter, lays snares for sinners wherever they go. If he makes them sinful like himself, he will make them miserable like himself. Satan hunts for the precious life. In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare for himself, and God is preparing for his destruction. See here how the sinner runs himself into the snare.
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