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Job 30:15-31 (New International Version)

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15 Terrors1 overwhelm me;2 my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.3 16 "And now my life ebbs away;4 days of suffering grip me.5 17 Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.6 18 In his great power7 [God] becomes like clothing to mea; he binds me like the neck of my garment. 19 He throws me into the mud,8 and I am reduced to dust and ashes.9 20 "I cry out to you,10 O God, but you do not answer;11 I stand up, but you merely look at me. 21 You turn on me ruthlessly;12 with the might of your hand13 you attack me.14 22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind;15 you toss me about in the storm.16 23 I know you will bring me down to death,17 to the place appointed for all the living.18 24 "Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man19 when he cries for help in his distress.20 25 Have I not wept for those in trouble?21 Has not my soul grieved for the poor?22 26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.23 27 The churning inside me never stops;24 days of suffering confront me.25 28 I go about blackened,26 but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.27 29 I have become a brother of jackals,28 a companion of owls.29 30 My skin grows black30 and peels;31 my body burns with fever.32 31 My harp is tuned to mourning,33 and my flute34 to the sound of wailing.
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