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Job 30 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job’s Wealth Now Poverty
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:1 - “But now they mock at me, men younger than I,
Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:2 - Indeed, what profit is the strength of their hands to me?
Their vigor has perished.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:3 - They are gaunt from want and famine,
Fleeing late to the wilderness, desolate and waste,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:4 - Who pluck mallow by the bushes,
And broom tree roots for their food.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:5 - They were driven out from among men,
They shouted at them as at a thief.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:6 - They had to live in the clefts of the valleys,
In caves of the earth and the rocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:7 - Among the bushes they brayed,
Under the nettles they nestled.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:8 - They were sons of fools,
Yes, sons of vile men;
They were scourged from the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:9 - “And now I am their taunting song;
Yes, I am their byword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:10 - They abhor me, they keep far from me;
They do not hesitate to spit in my face.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:11 - Because He has loosed my[fn] bowstring and afflicted me,
They have cast off restraint before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:12 - At my right hand the rabble arises;
They push away my feet,
And they raise against me their ways of destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:13 - They break up my path,
They promote my calamity;
They have no helper.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:14 - They come as broad breakers;
Under the ruinous storm they roll along.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:15 - Terrors are turned upon me;
They pursue my honor as the wind,
And my prosperity has passed like a cloud.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:16 - “And now my soul is poured out because of my plight;
The days of affliction take hold of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:17 - My bones are pierced in me at night,
And my gnawing pains take no rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:18 - By great force my garment is disfigured;
It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:19 - He has cast me into the mire,
And I have become like dust and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:20 - “I cry out to You, but You do not answer me;
I stand up, and You regard me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:21 - But You have become cruel to me;
With the strength of Your hand You oppose me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:22 - You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride on it;
You spoil my success.
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 - “Surely He would not stretch out His hand against a heap of ruins,
If they cry out when He destroys it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:25 - Have I not wept for him who was in trouble?
Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:26 - But when I looked for good, evil came to me;
And when I waited for light, then came darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:27 - My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest;
Days of affliction confront me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:28 - I go about mourning, but not in the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry out 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 grows black and falls from me;
My bones burn with fever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 30:31 - My harp is turned to mourning,
And my flute to the voice of those who weep.
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Following Masoretic Text, Syriac, and Targum; Septuagint and Vulgate read His.

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