Job 30 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 30


Job 30:1

But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, Whose fathers I disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.

Job 30:2

Yea, the strength of their hands, whereto should it profit me? Men in whom ripe age is perished.

Job 30:3

They are gaunt with want and famine; They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of wasteness and desolation.

Job 30:4

They pluck salt-wort by the bushes; And the roots of the broom are their food.

Job 30:5

They are driven forth from the midst [of men]; They cry after them as after a thief;

Job 30:6

So that they dwell in frightful valleys, In holes of the earth and of the rocks.

Job 30:7

Among the bushes they bray; Under the nettles they are gathered together.

Job 30:8

[They are] children of fools, yea, children of base men; They were scourged out of the land.

Job 30:9

And now I am become their song, Yea, I am a byword unto them.

Job 30:10

They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, And spare not to spit in my face.

Job 30:11

For he hath loosed his cord, and afflicted me; And they have cast off the bridle before me.

Job 30:12

Upon my right hand rise the rabble; They thrust aside my feet, And they cast up against me their ways of destruction.

Job 30:13

They mar my path, They set forward my calamity, [Even] men that have no helper.

Job 30:14

As through a wide breach they come: In the midst of the ruin they roll themselves [upon me].

Job 30:15

Terrors are turned upon me; They chase mine honor as the wind; And my welfare is passed away as a cloud.

Job 30:16

And now my soul is poured out within me; Days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

Job 30:17

In the night season my bones are pierced in me, And the [pains] that gnaw me take no rest.

Job 30:18

By [God’s] great force is my garment disfigured; It bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

Job 30:19

He hath cast me into the mire, And I am become like dust and ashes.

Job 30:20

I cry unto thee, and thou dost not answer me: I stand up, and thou gazest at me.

Job 30:21

Thou art turned to be cruel to me; With the might of thy hand thou persecutest me.

Job 30:22

Thou liftest me up to the wind, thou causest me to ride [upon it]; And thou dissolvest me in the storm.

Job 30:23

For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, And to the house appointed for all living.

Job 30:24

Howbeit doth not one stretch out the hand in his fall? Or in his calamity therefore cry for help?

Job 30:25

Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? Was not my soul grieved for the needy?

Job 30:26

When I looked for good, then evil came; And when I waited for light, there came darkness.

Job 30:27

My heart is troubled, and resteth not; Days of affliction are come upon me.

Job 30:28

I go mourning without the sun: I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.

Job 30:29

I am a brother to jackals, And a companion to ostriches.

Job 30:30

My skin is black, [and falleth] from me, And my bones are burned with heat.

Job 30:31

Therefore is my harp [turned] to mourning, And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.

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