Job's Present State Is Humiliating

1 "But now those younger than I 1mock me, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.

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2 "Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me? Vigor had perished from them.
3 "From want and famine they are gaunt Who gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation,
4 Who pluck mallow by the bushes, And whose food is the root of the broom shrub.

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    • a 30:4 - I.e. plant of the salt marshes
      5 "They are driven from the community; They shout against them as against a thief,
      6 So that they dwell in dreadful valleys, In holes of the earth and of the rocks.

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        • b 30:6 - Or "wadis"
          7 "Among the bushes they cry out; Under the nettles they are gathered together.

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            • c 30:7 - Or "bray"
              8 "Fools *, even those without a name, They were scourged from the land.

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                • d 30:8 - Lit "Sons of fools"
                • e 30:8 - Lit "sons"
                  9 "And now I have become their 2taunt, I have even become a 3byword to them.

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                  10 "They abhor me and stand aloof from me, And they do not refrain from 4spitting at my face.

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                  11 "Because He has loosed His bowstring and 5afflicted me, They have cast off 6the bridle before * me.

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                      12 "On the right hand their brood arises; They 7thrust aside my feet 8and build up against me their ways of destruction.

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                        • k 30:12 - Possibly "sprout" or "offspring"
                          13 "They 9break up my path, They profit from my destruction; No one restrains them.

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                          14 "As through a wide breach they come, Amid the tempest they roll on.

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                              15 "10Terrors are turned against me; They pursue my honor as the wind, And my prosperity has passed away 11like a cloud.

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                                  16 "And now 12my soul is poured out within me; Days of affliction have seized me.

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                                  17 "At night it pierces 13my bones within * me, And my gnawing pains take no rest.

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                                    • q 30:17 - Lit "from upon"
                                      18 "By a great force my garment is 14distorted; It binds me about as the collar of my coat.

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                                      19 "He has cast me into the 15mire, And I have become like dust and ashes.

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                                      20 "I 16cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me.

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                                      21 "You have become cruel to me; With the might of Your hand You 17persecute me.

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                                      22 "You 18lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride; And You dissolve me in a storm.

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                                      23 "For I know that You 19will bring me to death And to the 20house of meeting for all living.

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                                      24 "Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand, Or in his disaster therefore 21cry out for help?

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                                      25 "Have I not 22wept for the one whose life is hard? Was not my soul grieved for 23the needy?

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                                      26 "When I 24expected good, then evil came; When I waited for light, 25then darkness came.

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                                      27 "I am seething 26within and cannot relax; Days of affliction confront me.

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                                        • t 30:27 - Lit "My inward parts are boiling"
                                          28 "I go about 27mourning without comfort; I stand up in the assembly and 28cry out for help.

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                                            • u 30:28 - Or "blackened, but not by the heat of the sun"
                                              29 "I have become a brother to 29jackals And a companion of ostriches *.

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                                              30 "My 30skin turns black on me, And my 31bones burn with fever.

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                                                  31 "Therefore my 32harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep.

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