Job’s Final Defense Continued
1“But now those younger than I, as far as days, laugh at me,
whose fathers I rejected for setting with the dogs of my sheep and goats.
2Moreover, what use to me is the strength of their hands?#Literally “the strength of their hands what is for me”
With them, vigor is destroyed.
3Through want and through barren hunger
they are gnawing in the dry region in the darkness of desolation and waste.
4They are picking salt herbs, the leaves of bushes,
and the roots of broom trees to warm themselves.
5They were driven out from fellow people;
they shout at them as at a#Hebrew “the” thief,
6so that they dwell#Literally “to dwell”
in holes of the ground and in the rocks.
7They bray among the bushes;
they are gathered under the nettles.
8A senseless crowd,#Literally “sons of good-for-nothing” yes, a disreputable brood,#Literally “sons of no name”
they were cast out from the land.
9“But now I am their mocking song,
and I have become a byword for them.
10They abhor me; they keep aloof from me,
and they do not withhold spit from my face
11because he has loosened his bowstring and humbled me,
and they have thrown off restraint in my presence.#Literally “from my face”
12On the right hand the brood rises#Hebrew “rise” up;
they put me to flight,#Literally “my feet they send away”
and they build up their siege ramps#Literally “the ways/paths of their disaster” against me.
13They destroy my path;
they promote my destruction;
they have no helper.
14As through a wide breach they come;
amid a crash they rush on.
15Terrors are turned upon me;
my honor is pursued as by the wind,
and my hope of deliverance passed by like a cloud.
16“And now my life is poured out onto me;
days of misery have taken hold of me.
17At night I am in great pain;#Literally “night my bones he pierces upon me,” or “night pierces my bones upon me”
my pains do not take a rest.
18He seizes my clothing with great power;#Literally “much of strength”
he grasps me by my tunic’s collar.
19He has cast me into the dirt,
and I have become like dust#Hebrew “the dust” and ashes.
20I cry to you for help, but#Hebrew “and” you do not answer me;
I stand, and you merely look at me.
21You have turned cruel to me;
you persecute me with your hand’s might.
22You lift me up to the wind—you make me ride it,
and you toss me about in the storm.
23Indeed, I know that you will bring me to death
and to the house of assembly for all the living.
24“Surely someone must not send a hand against the needy
when, in his misfortune, there is a cry of help for them.
25Have I not wept for the unfortunate,#Literally “hard of day”
and grieved myself over the poor?
26Indeed, I hoped for good, but evil came,
and I waited for light, but darkness came.
27My bowels are in turmoil, and they are not still;
days of misery come to confront me.
28I go about in mourning garb, but not in sunlight;
I stand up in the assembly, and I cry for help.
29I am a companion for the jackals
and a companion for ostriches.#Literally “daughters of ostrich”
30My skin turns black on me,
and my bones burn with heat.
31So#Hebrew “And” my lyre came to be used for mourning,
and my flute for the voice of those who weep.