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Job 30:1-15 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

30 “But now they make sport of me,
    men who are younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
    to set with the dogs of my flock.
What could I gain from the strength of their hands,
    men whose vigor is gone?
Through want and hard hunger
    they gnaw the dry and desolate ground;[a]
they pick mallow and the leaves of bushes,
    and to warm themselves the roots of the broom.
They are driven out from among men;
    they shout after them as after a thief.
In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell,
    in holes of the earth and of the rocks.
Among the bushes they bray;
    under the nettles they huddle together.
A senseless, a disreputable brood,
    they have been whipped out of the land.

“And now I have become their song,
    I am a byword to them.
10 They abhor me, they keep aloof from me;
    they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.
11 Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me,
    they have cast off restraint in my presence.
12 On my right hand the rabble rise,
    they drive me[b] forth,
    they cast up against me their ways of destruction.
13 They break up my path,
    they promote my calamity;
    no one restrains[c] them.
14 As through[d] a wide breach they come;
    amid the crash they roll on.
15 Terrors are turned upon me;
    my honor is pursued as by the wind,
    and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 30:3 Heb ground yesterday waste
  2. Job 30:12 Heb my feet
  3. Job 30:13 Cn: Heb helps
  4. Job 30:14 Cn: Heb like
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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