Job 30
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1"But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.1But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
2Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?2Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
3Haggard from want and hunger, they roamed the parched land in desolate wastelands at night.3For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.
4In the brush they gathered salt herbs, and their food was the root of the broom bush.4Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.
5They were banished from human society, shouted at as if they were thieves.5They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
6They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.6To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.
7They brayed among the bushes and huddled in the undergrowth.7Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.
8A base and nameless brood, they were driven out of the land.8They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
9"And now those young men mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.9And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
10They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.10They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
11Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence.11Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
12On my right the tribe attacks; they lay snares for my feet, they build their siege ramps against me.12Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
13They break up my road; they succeed in destroying me. 'No one can help him,' they say.13They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.
14They advance as through a gaping breach; amid the ruins they come rolling in.14They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
15Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.15Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.
16"And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.16And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
17Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.17My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
18In his great power God becomes like clothing to me; he binds me like the neck of my garment.18By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
19He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes.19He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
20"I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.20I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
21You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me.21Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
22You snatch me up and drive me before the wind; you toss me about in the storm.22Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
23I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.23For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
24"Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man when he cries for help in his distress.24Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
25Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?25Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
26Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.26When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
27The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me.27My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
28I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.28I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
29I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.29I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
30My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.30My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
31My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.31My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
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