Job 30:7
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New International Version
They brayed among the bushes and huddled in the undergrowth.

King James Bible
Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

Darby Bible Translation
They bray among the bushes; under the brambles they are gathered together:

World English Bible
Among the bushes they bray; and under the nettles they are gathered together.

Young's Literal Translation
Among shrubs they do groan, Under nettles they are gathered together.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Among the bushes they brayed - They cried out among the bushes, seeking for food, as the wild ass when he is in want of provender. Two MSS. read ינאקו yinaku, they groaned, instead of ינהקו yinhaku, they brayed.

Under the nettles - חרול charul, the briers or brambles, under the brushwood in the thickest parts of the underwood; they huddled together like wild beasts.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? or lows the ox over his fodder?

Job 11:12 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Genesis 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...

the nettles (Charul probably denotes some kind of briar or bramble: so Vulgate renders it by spina or sentis, (Pr.

24:31. Zep.

Job 2:9 Then said his wife to him, Do you still retain your integrity? curse God, and die.

.) Celsius and Scheuchzer are inclined to think it the paliurus, a shrub growing sometimes to a considerable height in desert places. 'One of the inconveniences of the vegetable thickets of Egypt is,' says Denon, 'that it is difficult to remain in them, as nine tenths of the trees and plants are armed with inexorable thorns, which suffer only an unquiet enjoyment of the shadow which is so constantly desirable.')

Christian Sympathy
Job, in his great indignation at the shameful accusation of unkindness to the needy, pours forth the following very solemn imprecation--"If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; if his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I have lifted up my
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 8: 1863

Of Confession of Our Infirmity and of the Miseries of this Life
I will acknowledge my sin unto Thee;(1) I will confess to Thee, Lord, my infirmity. It is often a small thing which casteth me down and maketh me sad. I resolve that I will act bravely, but when a little temptation cometh, immediately I am in a great strait. Wonderfully small sometimes is the matter whence a grievous temptation cometh, and whilst I imagine myself safe for a little space; when I am not considering, I find myself often almost overcome by a little puff of wind. 2. Behold, therefore,
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
Job 30:6
They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.

Job 30:8
A base and nameless brood, they were driven out of the land.

Proverbs 24:31
thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.

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