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They are gaunt from want and famine,
Fleeing late to the wilderness, desolate and waste,
Who pluck [a]mallow by the bushes,
And broom tree roots for their food.
They were driven out from among men,
They shouted at them as at a thief.
They had to live in the clefts of the [b]valleys,
In [c]caves of the earth and the rocks.
Among the bushes they brayed,
Under the nettles they nestled.

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Footnotes

  1. Job 30:4 A plant of the salty marshes
  2. Job 30:6 wadis
  3. Job 30:6 Lit. holes

Haggard from want and hunger,
    they roamed[a] the parched land(A)
    in desolate wastelands(B) at night.(C)
In the brush they gathered salt herbs,(D)
    and their food[b] was the root of the broom bush.(E)
They were banished from human society,
    shouted at as if they were thieves.
They were forced to live in the dry stream beds,
    among the rocks and in holes in the ground.(F)
They brayed(G) among the bushes(H)
    and huddled in the undergrowth.

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  1. Job 30:3 Or gnawed
  2. Job 30:4 Or fuel

32 And (A)they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven [a]times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”

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  1. Daniel 4:32 Possibly years

32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”(A)

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33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

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33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched(A) with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.(B)

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