Job 30:1-13 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]."