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Job 30 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:1 - “But now they laugh at me,
men who are younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
to set with the dogs of my flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:2 - What could I gain from the strength of their hands,
men whose vigor is gone?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:3 - Through want and hard hunger
they gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:4 - they pick saltwort and the leaves of bushes,
and the roots of the broom tree for their food.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:5 - They are driven out from human company;
they shout after them as after a thief.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:6 - In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell,
in holes of the earth and of the rocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:7 - Among the bushes they bray;
under the nettles they huddle together.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:8 - A senseless, a nameless brood,
they have been whipped out of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:9 - “And now I have become their song;
I am a byword to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:10 - They abhor me; they keep aloof from me;
they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:11 - Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me,
they have cast off restraint[fn] in my presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:12 - On my right hand the rabble rise;
they push away my feet;
they cast up against me their ways of destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:13 - They break up my path;
they promote my calamity;
they need no one to help them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:14 - As through a wide breach they come;
amid the crash they roll on.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:15 - Terrors are turned upon me;
my honor is pursued as by the wind,
and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:16 - “And now my soul is poured out within me;
days of affliction have taken hold of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:17 - The night racks my bones,
and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:18 - With great force my garment is disfigured;
it binds me about like the collar of my tunic.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:19 - God[fn] has cast me into the mire,
and I have become like dust and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:20 - I cry to you for help and you do not answer me;
I stand, and you only look at me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:21 - You have turned cruel to me;
with the might of your hand you persecute me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:22 - You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it,
and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:23 - For I know that you will bring me to death
and to the house appointed for all living.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:24 - “Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand,
and in his disaster cry for help?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:25 - Did not I weep for him whose day was hard?
Was not my soul grieved for the needy?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:26 - But when I hoped for good, evil came,
and when I waited for light, darkness came.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:27 - My inward parts are in turmoil and never still;
days of affliction come to meet me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:28 - I go about darkened, but not by the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:29 - I am a brother of jackals
and a companion of ostriches.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:30 - My skin turns black and falls from me,
and my bones burn with heat.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:31 - My lyre is turned to mourning,
and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.
ESV Footnotes
Or warmth
Hebrew the bridle
Hebrew He
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

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