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Job 30 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:1 - “But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:2 - Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:3 - Haggard from want and hunger, they roamed[fn] the parched land in desolate wastelands at night.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:4 - In the brush they gathered salt herbs, and their food[fn] was the root of the broom bush.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:5 - They were banished from human society, shouted at as if they were thieves.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:6 - They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:7 - They brayed among the bushes and huddled in the undergrowth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:8 - A base and nameless brood, they were driven out of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:9 - “And now those young men mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:10 - They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:11 - Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:12 - On my right the tribe[fn] attacks; they lay snares for my feet, they build their siege ramps against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:13 - They break up my road; they succeed in destroying me. ‘No one can help him,’ they say.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:14 - They advance as through a gaping breach; amid the ruins they come rolling in.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:15 - Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:16 - “And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:17 - Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:18 - In his great power God becomes like clothing to me[fn]; he binds me like the neck of my garment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:19 - He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:20 - “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:21 - You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:22 - You snatch me up and drive me before the wind; you toss me about in the storm.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:23 - I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:24 - “Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man when he cries for help in his distress.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:25 - Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:26 - Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:27 - The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:28 - I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:29 - I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:30 - My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:31 - My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.
NIV Footnotes
Or gnawed
Or fuel
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
Hebrew; Septuagint power he grasps my clothing

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