Job 30
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1“But now they mock at me, men younger than I, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.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.
2Indeed, what profit is the strength of their hands to me? Their vigor has perished.2Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
3They are gaunt from want and famine, Fleeing late to the wilderness, desolate and waste,3For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.
4Who pluck mallow by the bushes, And broom tree roots for their food.4Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.
5They were driven out from among men, They shouted at them as at a thief.5They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
6They had to live in the clefts of the valleys, In caves of the earth and the rocks.6To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.
7Among the bushes they brayed, Under the nettles they nestled.7Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.
8They were sons of fools, Yes, sons of vile men; They were scourged from the land.8They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
9“And now I am their taunting song; Yes, I am their byword.9And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
10They abhor me, they keep far from me; 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.
11Because He has loosed my bowstring and afflicted me, They have cast off restraint before me.11Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
12At my right hand the rabble arises; They push away my feet, And they raise against me their ways of destruction.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 path, They promote my calamity; They have no helper.13They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.
14They come as broad breakers; Under the ruinous storm they roll along.14They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
15Terrors are turned upon me; They pursue my honor as the wind, And my prosperity has passed 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 soul is poured out because of my plight; The days of affliction take hold of me.16And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
17My bones are pierced in me at night, And my gnawing pains take no rest.17My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
18By great force my garment is disfigured; It binds me about as the collar of my coat.18By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
19He has cast me into the mire, And I have become like dust and ashes.19He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
20“I cry out to You, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You regard me.20I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
21But You have become cruel to me; With the strength of Your hand You oppose me.21Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
22You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride on it; You spoil my success.22Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
23For I know that You will bring me to death, And to the house appointed for all living.23For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
24“Surely He would not stretch out His hand against a heap of ruins, If they cry out when He destroys it.24Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
25Have I not wept for him who was 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?
26But when I looked for good, evil came to me; And when I waited for light, then came darkness.26When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
27My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest; Days of affliction confront me.27My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
28I go about mourning, but not in the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.28I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
29I am a brother of jackals, And a companion of ostriches.29I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
30My skin grows black and falls from me; My bones burn with fever.30My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
31My harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the voice of those who weep.31My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
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