Job 301But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock. 2Yes, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished? 3For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste. 4Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat. 5They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;) 6To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks. 7Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together. 8They were children of fools, yes, children of base men: they were viler than the earth. 9And now am I their song, yes, I am their byword. 10They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face. 11Because he has loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me. 12On my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction. 13They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. 14They came on me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves on me. 15Terrors are turned on me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passes away as a cloud. 16And now my soul is poured out on me; the days of affliction have taken hold on me. 17My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest. 18By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it binds me about as the collar of my coat. 19He has cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes. 20I cry to you, and you do not hear me: I stand up, and you regard me not. 21You are become cruel to me: with your strong hand you oppose yourself against me. 22You lift me up to the wind; you cause me to ride on it, and dissolve my substance. 23For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living. 24However, he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction. 25Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor? 26When I looked for good, then evil came to me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness. 27My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me. 28I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation. 29I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. 30My skin is black on me, and my bones are burned with heat. 31My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
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