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Job 30 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 "But now those younger than I mock me, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock. 1 "But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.
2 "Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me? Vigor had perished from them. 2 Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?
3 "From want and famine they are gaunt Who gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation, 3 Haggard from want and hunger, they roamed the parched land in desolate wastelands at night.
4 Who pluck mallow by the bushes, And whose food is the root of the broom shrub. 4 In the brush they gathered salt herbs, and their food was the root of the broom tree.
5 "They are driven from the community; They shout against them as against a thief, 5 They were banished from their fellow men, shouted at as if they were thieves.
6 So that they dwell in dreadful valleys, In holes of the earth and of the rocks. 6 They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.
7 "Among the bushes they cry out; Under the nettles they are gathered together. 7 They brayed among the bushes and huddled in the undergrowth.
8 "Fools , even those without a name, They were scourged from the land. 8 A base and nameless brood, they were driven out of the land.
9 "And now I have become their taunt, I have even become a byword to them. 9 "And now their sons mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.
10 "They abhor me and stand aloof from me, And they do not refrain from spitting at my face. 10 They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.
11 "Because He has loosed His bowstring and afflicted me, They have cast off the bridle before me. 11 Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence.
12 "On the right hand their brood arises; They thrust aside my feet and build up against me their ways of destruction. 12 On my right the tribe attacks; they lay snares for my feet, they build their siege ramps against me.
13 "They break up my path, They profit from my destruction; No one restrains them. 13 They break up my road; they succeed in destroying me-- without anyone's helping them.
14 "As through a wide breach they come, Amid the tempest they roll on. 14 They advance as through a gaping breach; amid the ruins they come rolling in.
15 "Terrors are turned against me; They pursue my honor as the wind, And my prosperity has passed away like a cloud. 15 Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.
16 "And now my soul is poured out within me; Days of affliction have seized me. 16 "And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.
17 "At night it pierces my bones within me, And my gnawing pains take no rest. 17 Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.
18 "By a great force my garment is distorted; It binds me about as the collar of my coat. 18 In his great power [God] becomes like clothing to me; he binds me like the neck of my garment.
19 "He has cast me into the mire, And I have become like dust and ashes. 19 He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes.
20 "I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me. 20 "I cry out to you, O God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.
21 "You have become cruel to me; With the might of Your hand You persecute me. 21 You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me.
22 "You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride; And You dissolve me in a storm. 22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind; you toss me about in the storm.
23 "For I know that You will bring me to death And to the house of meeting for all living. 23 I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.
24 "Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand, Or in his disaster therefore cry out for help? 24 "Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man when he cries for help in his distress.
25 "Have I not wept for the one whose life is hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy? 25 Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
26 "When I expected good, then evil came; When I waited for light, then darkness came. 26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.
27 "I am seething within and cannot relax; Days of affliction confront me. 27 The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me.
28 "I go about mourning without comfort; I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help. 28 I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
29 "I have become a brother to jackals And a companion of ostriches . 29 I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.
30 "My skin turns black on me, And my bones burn with fever. 30 My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.
31 "Therefore my harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep. 31 My harp is tuned to mourning, and my flute to the sound of wailing.