Job’s Present State Is Humiliating1 “But now those younger than I a mock me,
Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.
2 “Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me?
Vigor had perished from them.
3 “From want and famine they are gaunt
Who gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation,
4 Who pluck ▼
▼ I.e. plant of the salt marshesmallow by the bushes,
And whose food is the root of the broom shrub.
5 “They are driven from the community;
They shout against them as against a thief,
6 So that they dwell in dreadful ▼
▼ Or wadisvalleys,
In holes of the earth and of the rocks.
7 “Among the bushes they ▼
▼ Or braycry out;
Under the nettles they are gathered together.
▼ Lit Sons of fools“Fools, even ▼
▼ Lit sonsthose without a name,
They were scourged from the land.
9 “And now I have become their ▼
▼ Lit song, h taunt,
I have even become a i byword to them.
10 “They abhor me and stand aloof from me,
And they do not ▼
▼ Lit withhold spit from my facerefrain from k spitting at my face.
11 “Because ▼
▼ Or theyHe has loosed ▼
▼ Some mss read myHis ▼
▼ Or cordbowstring and o afflicted me,
They have cast off p the bridle before me.
12 “On the right hand their ▼
▼ Possibly sprout or offspringbrood arises;
They r thrust aside my feet s and build up against me their ways of destruction.
13 “They t break up my path,
They profit ▼
▼ Lit forfrom my destruction;
No one restrains them.
14 “As through a wide breach they come,
▼ Lit UnderAmid the tempest they roll on.
15 w “Terrors are turned against me;
They pursue my ▼
▼ Or nobilityhonor as the wind,
And my ▼
▼ Or welfareprosperity has passed away z like a cloud.
16 “And now aa my soul is poured out ▼
▼ Lit uponwithin me;
Days of affliction have seized me.
17 “At night it pierces ac my bones ▼
▼ Lit from uponwithin me,
And my gnawing pains take no rest.
18 “By a great force my garment is ae distorted;
It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
19 “He has cast me into the af mire,
And I have become like dust and ashes.
20 “I ag cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me;
I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me.
21 “You have ▼
▼ Lit turned to bebecome cruel to me;
With the might of Your hand You ai persecute me.
22 “You aj lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride;
And You dissolve me in a storm.
23 “For I know that You ak will bring me to death
And to the al house of meeting for all living.
24 “Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand,
Or in his disaster therefore am cry out for help?
25 “Have I not an wept for the ▼
▼ Lit hard of dayone whose life is hard?
Was not my soul grieved for ap the needy?
26 “When I aq expected good, then evil came;
When I waited for light ar then darkness came.
▼ Lit My inward parts are boiling“I am seething at within and cannot relax;
Days of affliction confront me.
28 “I go about ▼
▼ Or blackened, but not by the heat of the sun, av mourning without comfort;
I stand up in the assembly and aw cry out for help.
29 “I have become a brother to ax jackals
And a companion of ostriches.
30 “My ay skin turns black ▼
▼ Lit from uponon me,
And my ba bones burn with ▼
▼ Lit heatfever.
31 “Therefore my bc harp ▼
▼ Lit becomesis turned to mourning,
And my flute to the sound of those who weep.
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