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Job 30 :: New International Version (NIV)

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“But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.

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Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?

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Haggard from want and hunger, they roamed[fn] the parched land in desolate wastelands at night.

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In the brush they gathered salt herbs, and their food[fn] was the root of the broom bush.

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They were banished from human society, shouted at as if they were thieves.

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They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.

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They brayed among the bushes and huddled in the undergrowth.

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A base and nameless brood, they were driven out of the land.

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“And now those young men mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.

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They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.

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Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence.

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On my right the tribe[fn] attacks; they lay snares for my feet, they build their siege ramps against me.

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They break up my road; they succeed in destroying me. ‘No one can help him,’ they say.

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They advance as through a gaping breach; amid the ruins they come rolling in.

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Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.

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“And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me.

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Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.

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In his great power God becomes like clothing to me[fn]; he binds me like the neck of my garment.

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He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes.

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“I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.

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You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of your hand you attack me.

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You snatch me up and drive me before the wind; you toss me about in the storm.

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I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.

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Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?

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Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.

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The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me.

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I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.

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I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.

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My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.

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My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.
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Hebrew; Septuagint power he grasps my clothing

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