Job 30:29
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New International Version
I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.

New Living Translation
Instead, I am considered a brother to jackals and a companion to owls.

English Standard Version
I am a brother of jackals and a companion of ostriches.

New American Standard Bible
"I have become a brother to jackals And a companion of ostriches.

King James Bible
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have become a brother to jackals and a companion of ostriches.

International Standard Version
I've become a brother to jackals, and a friend to ostriches.

NET Bible
I have become a brother to jackals and a companion of ostriches.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm a brother to jackals and a companion of ostriches.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have become a brother to dragons and a companion to owls.

King James 2000 Bible
I am a brother to jackals, and a companion to ostriches.

American King James Version
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

American Standard Version
I am a brother to jackals, And a companion to ostriches.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I was the brother of dragons, and companion of ostriches.

Darby Bible Translation
I am become a brother to jackals, and a companion of ostriches.

English Revised Version
I am a brother to jackals, and a companion to ostriches.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

World English Bible
I am a brother to jackals, and a companion to ostriches.

Young's Literal Translation
A brother I have been to dragons, And a companion to daughters of the ostrich.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

30:15-31 Job complains a great deal. Harbouring hard thoughts of God was the sin which did, at this time, most easily beset Job. When inward temptations join with outward calamities, the soul is hurried as in a tempest, and is filled with confusion. But woe be to those who really have God for an enemy! Compared with the awful state of ungodly men, what are all outward, or even inward temporal afflictions? There is something with which Job comforts himself, yet it is but a little. He foresees that death will be the end of all his troubles. God's wrath might bring him to death; but his soul would be safe and happy in the world of spirits. If none pity us, yet our God, who corrects, pities us, even as a father pitieth his own children. And let us look more to the things of eternity: then the believer will cease from mourning, and joyfully praise redeeming love.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. Or ostriches, as the Targum, Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions; either he was obliged to dwell with such persons as were comparable to these creatures for their devouring words, hissing noise, and venomous speeches, or for want of compassion, and for their cruelty, as David is said to be among lions, Psalm 57:4; or also, he was like unto them, being solitary and alone, all his friends and acquaintance standing at a distance from him, as these creatures love lonesome and desolate places; or because of the wailing and howling noise they make, to which his mournful notes bore some resemblance; see Gill on Micah 1:8; or because, when these creatures cry and howl, and make a noise, no mercy is shown to them, none pities or regards them; and so it was with him; though he stood and cried in ever so public a manner, none had any compassion on him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. dragons … owls—rather, "jackals," "ostriches," both of which utter dismal screams (Mic 1:8); in which respect, as also in their living amidst solitudes (the emblem of desolation), Job is their brother and companion; that is, resembles them. "Dragon," Hebrew, tannim, usually means the crocodile; so perhaps here, its open jaws lifted towards heaven, and its noise making it seem as if it mourned over its fate [Bochart].

Job 30:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Prosperity Becomes Calamity
28"I go about mourning without comfort; I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help. 29"I have become a brother to jackals And a companion of ostriches. 30"My skin turns black on me, And my bones burn with fever.…
Cross References
Psalm 44:19
But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals; you covered us over with deep darkness.

Isaiah 13:21
But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about.

Isaiah 34:13
Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls.

Isaiah 38:14
I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!"

Micah 1:8
Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl.
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owls. or, ostriches (Benoth y??nah, in Arabic, bintu n??matin, not owls, but ostriches, so called from their doleful and hideous noises. 'I have often,' says Dr. Shaw, 'heard them groan as if they were in the greatest agonies.')

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