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Job 30 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

30 “But now men who are younger than I make fun of me.
I would not have even let their fathers
    sit with my sheep dogs.
Their hands had no strength to help me.
    They had even lost their strength to work.
They were thin from being hungry and in need.
    They wandered through the dry and ruined land at night.
They gathered desert plants by the brush for food.
    They even ate the root of the broom tree.
They were forced to live away from other people.
    People shouted at them as if they were thieves.
These young men had to live in dried up streambeds.
    They lived in caves and among the rocks.
They howled like animals out among the bushes.
    And they huddled together in the brush.
They are worthless people without names.
    They were forced to leave the land.

“Now they make fun of me with songs.
    My name has become a joke among them.
10 They hate me and stay far away from me.
    But they do not mind spitting in my face.
11 God has taken away my strength and made me suffer.
    So they attack me with all their anger.
12 On my right side they attack me like a mob.
    They lay traps for my feet.
    They prepare to attack me.
13 They break up my road.
    They work to destroy me
    without anyone stopping them.
14 They go forward as if through a hole in the wall.
    They roll in among the ruins.
15 Great fears overwhelm me.
    They blow my honor away as if by a great wind.
    My safety disappears like a cloud.

16 “Now my life is almost over.
    My days are full of suffering.
17 At night my bones ache.
    Gnawing pains never stop.
18 In his great power God grabs hold of my clothing.
    He chokes me with 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 turn on me without mercy.
    You attack me with your powerful hand.
22 You snatch me up and throw me into the wind.
    You toss me about in the storm.
23 I know you will bring me down to death.
    You will bring me to the place where all living people must go.

24 “Surely no one would hurt a ruined man
    when he cries for help in his time of trouble.
25 I have cried for those who are in trouble.
    My soul has been very sad for poor people.
26 But when I hoped for good, only evil came to me.
    When I looked for light, darkness came.
27 I never stop being upset inside.
    Days of suffering are ahead of me.
28 I have become black, but not by the sun.
    I stand up in public and cry for help.
29 It is as if I have become a brother to wild dogs
    and a friend to ostriches.
30 My skin becomes black and peels off.
    My body burns with fever.
31 My harp is tuned for singing a sad song.
    And my flute is tuned for the sound of loud crying.

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Job 30 New International Version (NIV)

30 “But now they mock me,
    men younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
    to put with my sheep dogs.
Of what use was the strength of their hands to me,
    since their vigor had gone from them?
Haggard from want and hunger,
    they roamed[a] the parched land
    in desolate wastelands at night.
In the brush they gathered salt herbs,
    and their food[b] was the root of the broom bush.
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.
They brayed among the bushes
    and huddled in the undergrowth.
A base and nameless brood,
    they were driven out of the land.

“And now those young men mock me in song;
    I have become a byword among them.
10 They detest me and keep their distance;
    they do not hesitate to spit in my face.
11 Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me,
    they throw off restraint in my presence.
12 On my right the tribe[c] attacks;
    they lay snares for my feet,
    they build their siege ramps against me.
13 They break up my road;
    they succeed in destroying me.
    ‘No one can help him,’ they say.
14 They advance as through a gaping breach;
    amid the ruins they come rolling in.
15 Terrors overwhelm me;
    my dignity is driven away as by the wind,
    my safety vanishes like a cloud.

16 “And now my life ebbs away;
    days of suffering grip me.
17 Night pierces my bones;
    my gnawing pains never rest.
18 In his great power God becomes like clothing to me[d];
    he binds me like the neck of my garment.
19 He throws me into the mud,
    and I am reduced to dust and ashes.

20 “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer;
    I stand up, but you merely look at me.
21 You turn on me ruthlessly;
    with the might of your hand you attack me.
22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind;
    you toss me about in the storm.
23 I know you will bring me down to death,
    to the place appointed for all the living.

24 “Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man
    when he cries for help in his distress.
25 Have I not wept for those in trouble?
    Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came;
    when I looked for light, then came darkness.
27 The churning inside me never stops;
    days of suffering confront me.
28 I go about blackened, but not by the sun;
    I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
29 I have become a brother of jackals,
    a companion of owls.
30 My skin grows black and peels;
    my body burns with fever.
31 My lyre is tuned to mourning,
    and my pipe to the sound of wailing.


  1. Job 30:3 Or gnawed
  2. Job 30:4 Or fuel
  3. Job 30:12 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  4. Job 30:18 Hebrew; Septuagint power he grasps my clothing
New International Version (NIV)

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