Job 30:16-20

16 “And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.
17 Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.
18 In his great power God becomes like clothing to me[a] ; he binds me like the neck of my garment.
19 He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes.
20 “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.

Job 30:16-20 Meaning and Commentary


Job in this chapter sets forth his then unhappy state and condition, in contrast with his former state of prosperity described in the preceding chapter: things had taken a strange turn, and were just the reverse of what they were before; he that was before in such high esteem and credit with all sorts of men, young and old, high and low, rich and poor, now is had in derision by the meanest and basest of men, whose characters are described, Job 30:1-8; and the instances of their contempt of him by words and gestures are given, Job 30:9-14; he who enjoyed so much ease of mind, and health of body, is now filled with distresses of soul, and bodily diseases, Job 30:15-19; and he who enjoyed so much of the presence of God, and communion with him, and of his love and favour, was now disregarded, and, as he thought, cruelly used by him, who not only had destroyed his substance, but was about to bring him to the grave, Job 30:20-24; all which came upon him, though he had a sympathizing heart with the poor, and them that were in trouble, and when he expected better things, Job 30:25-28; and he close the chapter, lamenting his sad and sorrowful circumstances, Job 30:29-31.

Cross References 8

  • 1. S Job 3:24; Psalms 22:14; Psalms 42:4
  • 2. ver 27; S Job 9:17
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 28:35; S Job 16:16
  • 4. S Job 9:4
  • 5. Psalms 40:2; Psalms 69:2,14; Psalms 130:1; Jeremiah 38:6,22
  • 6. S Genesis 3:19; S Job 2:8
  • 7. S 1 Kings 8:52; Psalms 34:17; Proverbs 2:3; Micah 4:9
  • 8. S Job 19:7; Lamentations 3:8

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew; Septuagint "power he grasps my clothing"
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