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Job 30 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:1 -

But now they mock me,

men younger than I am,

whose fathers I would have refused to put

with my sheep dogs.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:2 -

What use to me was the strength of their hands?

Their vigor had left them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:3 -

Emaciated from poverty and hunger,

they gnawed the dry land,

the desolate wasteland by night.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:4 -

They plucked mallow[fn] among the shrubs,

and the roots of the broom tree were their food.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:5 -

They were banished from human society;

people shouted at them as if they were thieves.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:6 -

They are living on the slopes of the wadis,

among the rocks and in holes in the ground.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:7 -

They bray among the shrubs;

they huddle beneath the thistles.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:8 -

Foolish men, without even a name.

They were forced to leave the land.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:9 -

Now I am mocked by their songs;

I have become an object of scorn to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:10 -

They despise me and keep their distance from me;

they do not hesitate to spit in my face.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:11 -

Because God has loosened my[fn] bowstring and oppressed me,

they have cast off restraint in my presence.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:12 -

The rabble[fn] rise up at my right;

they trap[fn] my feet

and construct their siege ramp[fn] against me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:13 -

They tear up my path;

they contribute to my destruction,

without anyone to help them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:14 -

They advance as through a gaping breach;

they keep rolling in through the ruins.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:15 -

Terrors are turned loose against me;

they chase my dignity away like the wind,

and my prosperity has passed by like a cloud.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:16 -

Now my life is poured out before me,

and days of suffering have seized me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:17 -

Night pierces my bones,

but my gnawing pains never rest.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:18 -

My clothing is distorted with great force;

he chokes me by the neck of my garment.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:19 -

He throws me into the mud,

and I have become like dust and ashes.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:20 -

I cry out to you for help, but you do not answer me;

when I stand up, you merely look at me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:21 -

You have turned against me with cruelty;

you harass me with your strong hand.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:22 -

You lift me up on the wind and make me ride it;

you scatter me in the storm.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:23 -

Yes, I know that you will lead me to death —

the place appointed for all who live.

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Yet no one would stretch out his hand

against a ruined person[fn]

when he cries out to him for help

because of his distress.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:25 -

Have I not wept for those who have fallen on hard times?

Has my soul not grieved for the needy?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:26 -

But when I hoped for good, evil came;

when I looked for light, darkness came.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:27 -

I am churning within[fn] and cannot rest;

days of suffering confront me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:28 -

I walk about blackened, but not by the sun.[fn]

I stood in the assembly and cried out for help.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:29 -

I have become a brother to jackals

and a companion of ostriches.

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My skin blackens and flakes off,[fn]

and my bones burn with fever.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:31 -

My lyre is used for mourning

and my flute for the sound of weeping.

CSB Footnotes
Or saltwort
Alt Hb tradition, LXX, Vg read his
Hb obscure
Lit stretch out
Lit and raise up their destructive paths
Hb obscure
Lit a heap of ruins
Lit My bowels boil
Or walk in sunless gloom
Lit blackens away from me

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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