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Job 30

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Job's honour is turned into extreme contempt;

30:1 “But now those who are younger than I have me in derision,
whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.

30:2 Of what use is the strength of their hands to me,
men in whom ripe age has perished?

30:3 They are gaunt from lack and famine.
They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of waste and desolation.

30:4 They pluck salt herbs by the bushes.
The roots of the broom are their food.

30:5 They are driven out from the midst of men.
They cry after them as after a thief;

30:6 So that they dwell in frightful valleys,
and in holes of the earth and of the rocks.

30:7 Among the bushes they bray;
and under the nettles they are gathered together.

30:8 They are children of fools, yes, children of base men.
They were flogged out of the land.

30:9 “Now I have become their song.
Yes, I am a byword to them.

30:10 They abhor me, they stand aloof from me,
and don’t hesitate to spit in my face.

30:11 For he has untied his cord, and afflicted me;
and they have thrown off restraint before me.

30:12 On my right hand rise the rabble.
They thrust aside my feet,
They cast up against me their ways of destruction.

30:13 They mar my path,
They set forward my calamity,
without anyone’s help.

30:14 As through a wide breach they come,
in the midst of the ruin they roll themselves in.

and his prosperity into calamity.

30:15 Terrors have turned on me.
They chase my honor as the wind.
My welfare has passed away as a cloud.

30:16 “Now my soul is poured out within me.
Days of affliction have taken hold on me.

30:17 In the night season my bones are pierced in me,
and the pains that gnaw me take no rest.

30:18 By great force is my garment disfigured.
It binds me about as the collar of my coat.

30:19 He has cast me into the mire.
I have become like dust and ashes.

30:20 I cry to you, and you do not answer me.
I stand up, and you gaze at me.

30:21 You have turned to be cruel to me.
With the might of your hand you persecute me.

30:22 You lift me up to the wind, and drive me with it.
You dissolve me in the storm.

30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death,
To the house appointed for all living.

30:24 “However doesn’t one stretch out a hand in his fall?
Or in his calamity therefore cry for help?

30:25 Didn’t I weep for him who was in trouble?
Wasn’t my soul grieved for the needy?

30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came;
When I waited for light, there came darkness.

30:27 My heart is troubled, and doesn’t rest.
Days of affliction have come on me.

30:28 I go mourning without the sun.
I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.

30:29 I am a brother to jackals,
and a companion to ostriches.

30:30 My skin grows black and peels from me.
My bones are burned with heat.

30:31 Therefore my harp has turned to mourning,
and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.

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