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

New Living Translation
They sound like animals howling among the bushes, huddled together beneath the nettles.

English Standard Version
Among the bushes they bray; under the nettles they huddle together.

New American Standard Bible
"Among the bushes they cry out; Under the nettles they are gathered together.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They bray among the shrubs; they huddle beneath the thistles.

International Standard Version
They bray like donkeys among the bushes and huddle together under the desert weeds.

NET Bible
They brayed like animals among the bushes and were huddled together under the nettles.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They howl in bushes and huddle together under thornbushes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Among the bushes they bray; Under the nettles they are gathered together.

New American Standard 1977
“Among the bushes they cry out;
            Under the nettles they are gathered together.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

King James 2000 Bible
Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

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

American Standard Version
Among the bushes they bray; Under the nettles they are gathered together.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They pleased themselves among these kind of things, and counted it delightful to be under the briers.

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

English Revised Version
Among the bushes they bray; under the nettles they are gathered together.

Webster's Bible Translation
Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were collected.

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.
Study Bible
Job's Honor Turned into Contempt
6So that they dwell in dreadful valleys, In holes of the earth and of the rocks. 7"Among the bushes they cry out; Under the nettles they are gathered together. 8"Fools, even those without a name, They were scourged from the land.…
Cross References
Job 30:6
So that they dwell in dreadful valleys, In holes of the earth and of the rocks.

Job 30:8
"Fools, even those without a name, They were scourged from the land.

Proverbs 24:31
And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles; Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.
Treasury of Scripture

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

brayed

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 …

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

Job 2:9 Then said his wife to him, Do you still retain your integrity? curse …

(7) Among the bushes they brayed.--Herodotus says their language was like the screeching of bats, others say it was like the whistling of birds. This whole description is of the mockers of Job, and therefore should be in the present tense in Job 30:5; Job 30:7-8, as it may be in the Authorised Version of Job 30:4.

Verse 7. - Among the bushes they brayed. The sounds which came from their mouths sounded to Job less like articulate speech than like the braying of asses. Compare what Herodotus says of his Troglodytes: "Their language is unlike that of any other people; it sounds like the screeching of bats." Under the nettles (or, wild vetches) they were gathered together; rather, huddled together. Among the bushes they brayed,.... Like wild asses; so Sephorno, to which wicked men are fitly compared, Job 11:12; or they "cried", or "groaned" (m), and "moaned" among the bushes, where they lay lurking; either they groaned through cold, or want of food; for the wild ass brays not but when in want, Job 6:5;

under the nettles they were gathered together; or "under thistles" (n), as some, or "under thorns", as (o) others; under thorn hedges, where they lay either for shelter, or to hide themselves, or to seize upon a prey that might pass by; and so were such sort of persons as in the parable in Luke 14:23; it not being usual for nettles to grow so high as to cover persons, at least they are not a proper shelter, and much less an eligible one; though some render the words, they were "pricked" (p), blistered and wounded, a word derived from this being used for the scab of leprosy, Leviticus 13:6; and so pustules and blisters are raised by the sting of nettles: the Targum is,

"under thorns they were associated together;''

under thorn hedges, as before observed; and if the juniper tree is meant in Job 30:4, they might be said to be gathered under thorns when under that; since, as Pliny (q) says, it has thorns instead of leaves; and the shadow of it, according to the poet (r), is very noxious and disagreeable.

(m) "clamabant", Vatablus, Mercerus; so Ben Gerson; "gemebant", Michaelis; so Broughton. (n) "sub carduis", Vatablus. (o) "Sub sentibus", V. L. "sub vepreto aliquo", Tigurine version; "sub vepribus", Cocceius; "sub spina", Noldius, p. 193. Schultens. (p) "pungebantur", Junius & Tremellius; "se ulcerant", Gussetius, p. 565. so Ben Gersom; "they smarted", Broughton. (q) Nat. Hist. l. 16. c. 24. (r) "Juniperi gravis umbra----" Virgil. Bucolic. Eclog. 10. 7. brayed—like the wild ass (Job 6:5 for food). The inarticulate tones of this uncivilized rabble are but little above those of the beast of the field.

gathered together—rather, sprinkled here and there. Literally, "poured out," graphically picturing their disorderly mode of encampment, lying up and down behind the thorn bushes.

nettles—or brambles [Umbreit].30:1-14 Job contrasts his present condition with his former honour and authority. What little cause have men to be ambitious or proud of that which may be so easily lost, and what little confidence is to be put in it! We should not be cast down if we are despised, reviled, and hated by wicked men. We should look to Jesus, who endured the contradiction of sinners.
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