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.
Job Asserts His Integrity
31 “I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin? 2 “And what is the portion of God from above Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high? 3 “Is it not calamity to the unjust And disaster to those who work iniquity? 4 “Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?
5 “If I have walked with falsehood, And my foot has hastened after deceit, 6 Let Him weigh me with [y]accurate scales, And let God know my integrity. 7 “If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart [z]followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands, 8 Let me sow and another eat, And let my [aa]crops be uprooted.
9 “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor’s doorway, 10 May my wife grind for another, And let others [ab]kneel down over her. 11 “For that would be a lustful crime; Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges. 12 “For it would be fire that consumes to [ac]Abaddon, And would uproot all my [ad]increase.
13 “If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves When they filed a complaint against me, 14 What then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him? 15 “Did not He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb?
16 “If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, 17 Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the orphan has not [ae]shared it 18 (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from [af]infancy I guided her), 19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering, 20 If his loins have not [ag]thanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep, 21 If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan, Because I saw [ah]I had support in the gate, 22 Let my shoulder fall from the [ai]socket, And my arm be broken off [aj]at the elbow. 23 “For calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of His [ak]majesty I can do nothing.
24 “If I have put my confidence ingold, And called fine gold my trust, 25 If I have gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had secured so much; 26 If I have looked at the [al]sun when it shone Or the moon going in splendor, 27 And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand [am]threw a kiss from my mouth, 28 That too would have been an iniquity calling for[an]judgment, For I would have denied God above.
29 “Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy, Or [ao]exulted when evil befell him? 30 “[ap]No, I have not [aq]allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in a curse. 31 “Have the men of my tent not said, ‘Who can [ar]find one who has not been satisfied with his meat’? 32 “The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the [as]traveler. 33 “Have I covered my transgressions like [at]Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 34 Because I feared the great multitude, And the contempt of families terrified me, And kept silent and did not go out of doors? 35 “Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold, here is my [au]signature; Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my adversary has written, 36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, I would bind it to myself like a crown. 37 “I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.
38 “If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together; 39 If I have eaten its [av]fruit without money, Or have caused [aw]its owners to lose their lives, 40 Let briars [ax]grow instead of wheat, And stinkweed instead of barley.”
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