Job 30 NIV

1 "But now they mock me,1 men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.2

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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 land3 in desolate wastelands4 at night.5

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4 In the brush they gathered salt herbs,6 and their foodb was the root of the broom tree.7

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5 They were banished from their fellow men, 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.8

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7 They brayed9 among the bushes10 and huddled in the undergrowth.

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8 A base and nameless brood,11 they were driven out of the land.12

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9 "And now their sons mock me13 in song;14 I have become a byword15 among them.

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10 They detest me16 and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.17

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11 Now that God has unstrung my bow18 and afflicted me,19 they throw off restraint20 in my presence.

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12 On my right21 the tribec attacks; they lay snares22 for my feet,23 they build their siege ramps against me.24

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    • c 30:12 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
      13 They break up my road;25 they succeed in destroying me26-- without anyone's helping them.d

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        • d 30:13 - Or "me. / 'No one can help him,' [they say]."
          14 They advance as through a gaping breach;27 amid the ruins they come rolling in.

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          15 Terrors28 overwhelm me;29 my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.30

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          16 "And now my life ebbs away;31 days of suffering grip me.32

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          17 Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.33

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          18 In his great power34 [God] becomes like clothing to mee; he binds me like the neck of my garment.

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            • e 30:18 - Hebrew; Septuagint "[God] grasps my clothing"
              19 He throws me into the mud,35 and I am reduced to dust and ashes.36

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              20 "I cry out to you,37 O God, but you do not answer;38 I stand up, but you merely look at me.

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              21 You turn on me ruthlessly;39 with the might of your hand40 you attack me.41

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              22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind;42 you toss me about in the storm.43

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              23 I know you will bring me down to death,44 to the place appointed for all the living.45

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              24 "Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man46 when he cries for help in his distress.47

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              25 Have I not wept for those in trouble?48 Has not my soul grieved for the poor?49

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              26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.50

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              27 The churning inside me never stops;51 days of suffering confront me.52

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                  28 I go about blackened,53 but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.54

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                  29 I have become a brother of jackals,55 a companion of owls.56

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                  30 My skin grows black57 and peels;58 my body burns with fever.59

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                  31 My harp is tuned to mourning,60 and my flute61 to the sound of wailing.

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