Job 30:2
2“Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me?
         Vigor had perished from them.

3“From want and famine they are gaunt
         Who gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation,

4Who pluck mallow by the bushes,
         And whose food is the root of the broom shrub.

5“They are driven from the community;
         They shout against them as against a thief,

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.

9“And now I have become their taunt,
         I have even become a byword to them.

10“They abhor me and stand aloof from me,
         And they do not refrain from spitting at my face.

11“Because He has loosed His bowstring and afflicted me,
         They have cast off the bridle before me.

12“On the right hand their brood arises;
         They thrust aside my feet and build up against me their ways of destruction.

13“They break up my path,
         They profit from my destruction;
         No one restrains them.

14“As through a wide breach they come,
         Amid the tempest they roll on.

15“Terrors are turned against me;
         They pursue my honor as the wind,
         And my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.

16“And now my soul is poured out within me;
         Days of affliction have seized me.

17“At night it pierces my bones within me,
         And my gnawing pains take no rest.

18“By a great force my garment is distorted;
         It binds me about as the collar of my coat.

19“He has cast me into the mire,
         And I have become like dust and ashes.

20“I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me;
         I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me.

21“You have become cruel to me;
         With the might of Your hand You persecute me.

22“You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride;
         And You dissolve me in a storm.

23“For I know that You will bring me to death
         And to the house of meeting for all living.

24“Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand,
         Or in his disaster therefore cry out for help?

25“Have I not wept for the one whose life is hard?
         Was not my soul grieved for the needy?

26“When I expected good, then evil came;
         When I waited for light, then darkness came.

27“I am seething within and cannot relax;
         Days of affliction confront me.

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.

31“Therefore my harp is turned to mourning,
         And my flute to the sound of those who weep.

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Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? Men in whom ripe age is perished.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The strength of whose hands was to me as nothing, and they were thought unworthy of life itself.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, whereto should the strength of their hands profit me, men in whom vigour hath perished?

English Revised Version
Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? men in whom ripe age is perished.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, to what might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age had perished?

World English Bible
Of what use is the strength of their hands to me, men in whom ripe age has perished?

Young's Literal Translation
Also -- the power of their hands, why is it to me? On them hath old age perished.
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