Job's Present State Is Humiliating
1 "But now those younger than I mock R785 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 mallow F321 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 valleys, F322
In holes of the earth and of the rocks.
7 "Among the bushes they cry F323 out;
Under the nettles they are gathered together.
8 "Fools, F324 even those F325 without a name,
They were scourged from the land.
9 "And now I have become their taunt, R786 F326
I have even become a byword R787 to them.
10 "They abhor me and stand aloof from me,
And they do not refrain F327 from spitting R788 at my face.
11 "Because He F328 has loosed His F329 bowstring F330 and afflicted R789 me,
They have cast off the R790 bridle before me.
12 "On the right hand their brood F331 arises;
They thrust R791 aside my feet and R792 build up against me their ways of destruction.
13 "They break R793 up my path,
They profit from F332 my destruction;
No one restrains them.
14 "As through a wide breach they come,
Amid F333 the tempest they roll on.
15 "Terrors R794 are turned against me;
They pursue my honor F334 as the wind,
And my prosperity F335 has passed away like R795 a cloud.
16 "And now my R796 soul is poured out within F336 me;
Days of affliction have seized me.
17 "At night it pierces my R797 bones within F337 me,
And my gnawing pains take no rest.
18 "By a great force my garment is distorted; R798
It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
19 "He has cast me into the mire, R799
And I have become like dust and ashes.
20 "I cry R800 out to You for help, but You do not answer me;
I stand up, and You turn Your attention against me.
21 "You have become F338 cruel to me;
With the might of Your hand You persecute R801 me.
22 "You lift R802 me up to the wind and cause me to ride;
And You dissolve me in a storm.
23 "For I know that You will R803 bring me to death
And to the house R804 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 R805 out for help?
25 "Have I not wept R806 for the one F339 whose life is hard?
Was not my soul grieved for the R807 needy?
26 "When I expected R808 good, then evil came;
When I waited for light, then R809 darkness came.
27 "I F340 am seething within R810 and cannot relax;
Days of affliction confront me.
28 "I go about mourning R811 F341 without comfort;
I stand up in the assembly and cry R812 out for help.
29 "I have become a brother to jackals R813
And a companion of ostriches.
30 "My skin R814 turns black on F342 me,
And my bones R815 burn with fever. F343
31 "Therefore my harp R816 is F344 turned to mourning,
And my flute to the sound of those who weep.
F321: I.e. plant of the salt marshes
F322: Or wadis
F323: Or bray
F324: Lit Sons of fools
F325: Lit sons
F326: Lit song
F327: Lit withhold spit from my face
F328: Or they
F329: Some mss read my
F330: Or cord
F331: Possibly sprout or offspring
F332: Lit for
F333: Lit Under
F334: Or nobility
F335: Or welfare
F336: Lit upon
F337: Lit from upon
F338: Lit turned to be
F339: Lit hard of day
F340: Lit My inward parts are boiling
F341: Or blackened, but not by the heat of the sun
F342: Lit from upon
F343: Lit heat
F344: Lit becomes
R785: Job 1:12:4
R786: Job 1:12:4
R787: Job 1:17:6; Psalms 69:11; Lamentations 3:14,63
R788: Numbers 12:14; Deuteronomy 25:9; Job 1:17:6; Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67
R789: Ruth 1:21; Psalms 88:7
R790: Psalms 32:9
R791: Psalms 140:4,5
R792: Job 1:19:12
R793: Isaiah 3:12
R794: Job 1:3:25; 31:23; Psalms 55:3-5
R795: Job 1:7:9; Hosea 13:3
R796: 1 Samuel 1:15; Job 1:3:24; Psalms 22:14; 42:4; Isaiah 53:12
R797: Job 1:30:30
R798: Job 1:2:7
R799: Psalms 69:2,14
R800: Job 1:19:7
R801: Job 1:10:3; 16:9,14; 19:6,22
R802: Job 1:9:17; 27:21
R803: Job 1:9:22; 10:8
R804: Job 1:3:19; Ecclesiastes 12:5
R805: Job 1:19:7
R806: Psalms 35:13,14; Romans 12:15
R807: Job 1:24:4
R808: Job 1:3:25,26; Jeremiah 8:15
R809: Job 1:19:8
R810: Lamentations 2:11
R811: Job 1:30:31; Psalms 38:6; 42:9; 43:2
R812: Job 1:19:7
R813: Psalms 44:19; Micah 1:8
R814: Job 1:2:7
R815: Psalms 102:3
R816: Isaiah 24:8