Job

Job 30 ©

1Job lamenteth the change of his honour into extreme contempt; 15and of his prosperity into the deepest distress.

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BUT now they that are 1younger than I ahave me in derision, bwhose fathers I would have cdisdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

b ch. 24.4-8.
c v.2-8. Tit. 1.12.
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Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

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For want and famine they were 2solitary; dfleeing into the wilderness 3in former time desolate and waste.

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Who ecut up *mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their *meat.

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They fwere driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)

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To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in 4caves of the earth, and in the rocks.

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Among the bushes they gbrayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

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They were children of fools, yea, children of 5*base men: they were *viler than the earth.

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And hnow am I their song, yea, I am their i*byword.

i ch. 17.6.
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jThey abhor me, they flee far from me, 6and spare not to spit in my face.

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kBecause he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also llet loose the bridle before me.

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Upon my mright hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they nraise up against me the ways of their destruction.

n ch. 19.12.
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They omar my path, they *set forward my calamity, they have no helper.

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They came upon me pas a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.

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qTerrors are turned upon me: they pursue 7my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away ras a cloud.

r Ho. 4.6; 13.3. ch. 7.9.
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And now my ssoul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

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My tbones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.

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uBy the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

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He hath vcast me into the mire, and I am become like wdust and ashes.

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xI cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.

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Thou art 8become cruel to me: with 9thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.

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Thou yliftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my 10substance.

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

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Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the 11grave, though they cry in his destruction.

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aDid not I weep 12for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?

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bWhen I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

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My cbowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction *prevented me.

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I went dmourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.

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eI am a brother to *dragons, and a companion to 13owls.

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fMy skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

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gMy harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.