1 "But now they 1laugh at me, men who are 2younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.

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2 What could I gain from the strength of their hands, 3men whose 4vigor is gone?

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      3 Through want and hard hunger they 5gnaw 6the dry ground by night in 7waste and desolation;

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      4 they pick saltwort and the leaves of bushes, and the roots of the broom tree for their food.a

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        • Ÿ 30:4 - Or warmth
          5 8They are driven out from human company; they shout after them as after a thief.

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          6 In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell, in holes of the earth and of 9the rocks.

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          7 Among the bushes they 10bray; under 11the nettles they huddle together.

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          8 A senseless, a nameless brood, they have been whipped out of the land.
          9 "And now I have become their 12song; I am 13a byword to them.

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          10 They 14abhor me; they keep aloof from me; they do not hesitate to 15spit at the sight of me.
          11 Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me, they have cast off restraintb in my presence.

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            •   30:11 - Hebrew the bridle
              12 On my 16right hand the rabble rise; they push away my feet; they 17cast up against me their ways of destruction.

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              13 They break up my path; they promote my 18calamity; they need no one to help them.

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              14 As through a wide 19breach they come; amid the crash they roll on.

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              15 20Terrors are turned upon me; my honor is pursued as by the wind, and my prosperity has passed away like 21a cloud.

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              16 "And now my soul is 22poured out within me; days of affliction have taken hold of me.

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              17 23The night 24racks my bones, and the pain that 25gnaws me takes no rest.

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                  18 With great force my garment is 26disfigured; it binds me about like the collar of my tunic.

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                  19 Godc has cast me into the mire, and I have become like 27dust and ashes.

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                  20 I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me.
                  21 You have 28turned cruel to me; with the might of your hand you 29persecute me.

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                  22 30You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it, and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.

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                  23 31For I know that you will bring me to death and to the house appointed for 32all living.

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                  24 "Yet does not one in a 33heap of ruins stretch out his hand, and in his disaster cry for help?d

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                    • ¢ 30:24 - The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
                      25 Did not I 34weep for him whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy?

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                      26 But 35when I hoped for good, evil came, and when I waited for light, 36darkness came.

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                      27 My inward parts are in turmoil and never still; days of affliction 37come to meet me.

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                      28 I 38go about darkened, but not by the sun; I stand up in 39the assembly and cry for help.

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                      29 I am a brother of 40jackals and a companion of 41ostriches.

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                      30 My 42skin turns black and falls from me, and my 43bones burn with heat.

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                      31 My 44lyre is 45turned to mourning, and my 46pipe to the voice of those who weep.

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