1 “But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.

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2 Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?
3 Haggard from want and hunger, they roameda the parched land in desolate wastelands at night.

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4 In the brush they gathered salt herbs, and their foodb was the root of the broom bush.

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5 They were banished from human society, shouted at as if they were thieves.
6 They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.

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7 They brayed among the bushes and huddled in the undergrowth.

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8 A base and nameless brood, they were driven out of the land.

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9 “And now those young men mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.

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10 They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.

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11 Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence.

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12 On my right the tribec attacks; they lay snares for my feet, they build their siege ramps against me.

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    •  30:12 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
      13 They break up my road; they succeed in destroying me. ‘No one can help him,’ they say.

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      14 They advance as through a gaping breach; amid the ruins they come rolling in.

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      15 Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.

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      16 “And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.

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      17 Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.

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      18 In his great power God becomes like clothing to med ; he binds me like the neck of my garment.

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        •  30:18 - Hebrew; Septuagint "power he grasps my clothing"
          19 He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes.

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          20 “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.

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          21 You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me.

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          22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind; you toss me about in the storm.

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          23 I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.

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          24 “Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man when he cries for help in his distress.

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          25 Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?

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          26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.

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          27 The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me.

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

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              29 I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.

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              30 My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.

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              31 My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.

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