30 “But now those younger than I 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 [a]mallow 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 [b]valleys, In holes of the earth and of the rocks. 7 “Among the bushes they [c]cry out; Under the nettles they are gathered together. 8 “[d]Fools, even [e]those without a name, They were scourged from the land.
9 “And now I have become their [f]taunt, I have even become a byword to them. 10 “They abhor me and stand aloof from me, And they do not [g]refrain from spitting at my face. 11 “Because [h]He has loosed [i]His [j]bowstring and afflicted me, They have cast off the bridle before me. 12 “On the right hand their [k]brood arises; They thrust aside my feet and build up against me their ways of destruction. 13 “They break up my path, They profit [l]from my destruction; No one restrains them. 14 “As through a wide breach they come, [m]Amid the tempest they roll on. 15 “Terrors are turned against me; They pursue my [n]honor as the wind, And my [o]prosperity has passed away like a cloud.
16 “And now my soul is poured out [p]within me; Days of affliction have seized me. 17 “At night it pierces my bones [q]within me, And my gnawing pains take no rest. 18 “By a great force my garment is distorted; It binds me about as the collar of my coat. 19 “He has cast me into the mire, And I have become like dust and ashes. 20 “I 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 [r]become cruel to me; With the might of Your hand You persecute me. 22 “You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride; And You dissolve me in a storm. 23 “For I know that You will bring me to death And to the 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 cry out for help? 25 “Have I not wept for the [s]one whose life is hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy? 26 “When I expected good, then evil came; When I waited for light, then darkness came. 27 “[t]I am seething within and cannot relax; Days of affliction confront me. 28 “I go about [u]mourning without comfort; I stand up in the assembly andcry out for help. 29 “I have become a brother to jackals And a companion of ostriches. 30 “My skin turns black [v]on me, And my bones burn with [w]fever. 31 “Therefore my harp [x]is turned to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep.
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