30 “But now those who are younger than I ·make fun of [laugh at] me. I would ·not have even [L have disdained to] let their fathers sit with my sheep dogs. 2 What use did I have for their strength since they had lost their ·strength [vigor] to work [C vv. 2–8 describe the young men who torment Job]? 3 They were thin from hunger and ·wandered the dry and ruined land at night [or they gnawed the desert on the brink of desolation and destruction]. 4 They ·gathered desert plants [plucked mallow] among the brush and ·ate [or warmed themselves on] the root of the broom tree. 5 They were ·forced to live away [driven out] from people; people shouted at them as if they were thieves. 6 They lived ·in dried-up streambeds [on the slopes of the wadis], in ·caves, and among the rocks [dusty and rocky holes]. 7 They howled like animals among the bushes and huddled together ·in [or under] the brush. 8 They are ·worthless people without names [disreputable children of fools] and were ·forced to leave the land [L whipped off the land/earth].
9 “Now ·they make fun of me with songs [I am the object of their melodious taunts]; my name is a ·joke [byword] among them. 10 They hate me and ·stay far away [keep their distance] from me, but they do not mind spitting in my face. 11 God has ·taken away my strength [L loosened my bowstring] and ·made me suffer [humiliated me], so they ·attack me with all their anger [L have removed all restraint before me]. 12 On my right side they rise up like a mob. They ·lay traps for my feet [L take my feet out from under me] and ·prepare to attack me [L build up paths for my calamity]. 13 They ·break [tear] up my road and ·work to destroy me [or they profit from my ruin], and ·no one helps me [or they need no help]. 14 They come at me as if through a ·hole in the wall [wide breech], and they roll in among the ruins. 15 Great fears ·overwhelm [or transform] me. They blow my honor away as if by a great wind, and my ·safety [or hope of rescue] disappears like a cloud.
16 “Now my life is ·almost over [L poured out in me]; my days are full of suffering. 17 At night my bones ache; gnawing pains ·never stop [or do not let me lie down to sleep]. 18 In his great power ·God [L he] grabs hold of my clothing and ·chokes me with [or seizes me by] the collar of my coat. 19 He throws me into the mud, and I become like dirt and ashes.
20 “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you just look at me. 21 You have turned on me ·without mercy [with cruelty]; with your powerful hand you ·attacked [L hate] me. 22 You snatched me up and ·threw me into [L made me ride] the wind and ·tossed me about [made me reel] in the storm. 23 I know you will bring me down to death, to the ·place where all living people must go [L house appointed for all the living].
24 “Surely no one would hurt [or Should not one send his hand out to help…?] those who are ruined when they cry for help in their time of trouble. 25 ·I cried [L Do I not cry…?] for those ·who were in trouble [whose day was hard]; ·I have been very sad [L don’t I have pity…?] for ·poor [needy] people. 26 But when I hoped for ·good [or the best], only ·evil [or the worst] came to me; when I ·looked [waited] for light, darkness came. 27 ·I never stop being upset [L My insides are brought to a boil and not stilled]; days of ·suffering [affliction] are ahead of me. 28 ·I have turned black, but not by the sun [or I walk around mourning, without passion]. I stand up in public and cry for help. 29 I have become a brother to ·wild dogs [jackals] and a friend to ·ostriches [or eagle owls; C animals that live in the desolate wilderness]. 30 My skin has become black and peels off, as my ·body [L bones] burns with ·fever [heat]. 31 My ·harp [lyre] is tuned to sing a sad song, and my ·flute [reed pipe] is tuned to moaning.
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