Job 30:30

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

Job 30:30 in Other Translations

30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
30 My skin turns black and falls from me, and my bones burn with heat.
30 My skin has turned dark, and my bones burn with fever.
30 I'm black and blue all over, burning up with fever.
30 My skin blackens and flakes off, and my bones burn with fever.

Job 30:30 Meaning and Commentary

Job 30:30

My skin is black upon me
Either through deep melancholy, as may be observed in persons of such a disposition, through grief and trouble; or rather through the force of his disease, the burning ulcers and black scabs with which he was covered, as the Jews were through famine, in their captivity, ( Lamentations 4:8 ) ( 5:10 ) ;

and my bones are burnt with heat;
with the heat of a burning fever; which not only made his inwards boil, but reached to his bones, and dried up the marrow of them. Galen says F18 that bones may become so dry as to be crumbled into sand: the Syriac version is

``my bones are burnt as his who is in a hot wind;''

such as were common in the eastern countries, which killed men at once, and they became as black as a coal F19.


F18 Apud Bartholin. de Cruce, sect. 12. p. 107.
F19 (See Gill on Job 27:21).

Job 30:30 In-Context

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 of jackals, a companion of owls.
30 My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.
31 My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Job 17:14
  • 2. Lamentations 3:4; Lamentations 4:8
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 28:35; S Job 16:16; Psalms 102:3; Lamentations 1:13; Lamentations 5:10
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