Job 30

Job's Summary Defense

1 "But now they mock at me, men 1 younger than I,
Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.
2 Indeed, what profit is the strength of their hands to me?
Their vigor has perished.
3 They are gaunt from want and famine,
Fleeing late to the wilderness, desolate and waste,
4 Who pluck 2 mallow by the bushes,
And broom tree roots for their food.
5 They were driven out from among men,
They shouted at them as at a thief.
6 They had to live in the clefts of the 3 valleys,
In 4 caves of the earth and the rocks.
7 Among the bushes they brayed,
Under the nettles they nestled.
8 They were sons of fools,
Yes, sons of vile men;
They were scourged from the land.

9 "And a now I am their taunting song;
Yes, I am their byword.
10 They abhor me, they keep far from me;
They do not hesitate b to spit in my face.
11 Because c He has loosed 5 my bowstring and afflicted me,
They have cast off restraint before me.
12 At my right hand the rabble arises;
They push away my feet,
And d they raise against me their ways of destruction.
13 They break up my path,
They promote my calamity;
They have no helper.
14 They come as broad breakers;
Under the ruinous storm they roll along.
15 Terrors are turned upon me;
They pursue my honor as the wind,
And my prosperity has passed like a cloud.

16 "And e now my soul is f poured out because of my plight;
The days of affliction take hold of me.
17 My bones are pierced in me at night,
And my gnawing pains take no rest.
18 By great force my garment is disfigured;
It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
19 He has cast me into the mire,
And I have become like dust and ashes.
20 "I g cry out to You, but You do not answer me;
I stand up, and You regard me.
21 But You have become cruel to me;
With the strength of Your hand You h oppose me.
22 You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride on it;
You spoil my success.
23 For I know that You will bring me to death,
And to the house i appointed for all living.

24 "Surely He would not stretch out His hand against a heap of ruins,
If they cry out when He destroys it.
25 j Have I not wept for him who was in trouble?
Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
26 k But when I looked for good, evil came to me;
And when I waited for light, then came darkness.
27 6 My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest;
Days of affliction confront me.
28 l I go about mourning, but not in the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.
29 m I am a brother of jackals,
And a companion of ostriches.
30 n My skin grows black and falls from me;
o My bones burn with fever.
31 My harp is turned to mourning,
And my flute to the voice of those who weep.

  1. Cross References
    Job 17:6
    But He has made me a byword of the people, And I have become one in whose face men spit.
    Psalms 69:12
    Those who sit in the gate speak against me, And I am the song of the drunkards.
    Lamentations 3:14
    I have become the ridicule of all my people - Their taunting song all the day.
    Lamentations 3:63
    Look at their sitting down and their rising up; I am their taunting song.
  2. Cross References
    Numbers 12:14
    Then the LORD said to Moses, "If her father had...
    Deuteronomy 25:9
    "then his brother's wife shall come to him in t...
    Job 17:6
    But He has made me a byword of the people, And ...
    Isaiah 50:6
    I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My c...
    Matthew 26:67
    Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and ot...
    Matthew 27:30
    Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and st...
  3. Cross References
    Job 12:18
    He loosens the bonds of kings, And binds their waist with a belt.
  4. Cross References
    Job 19:12
    His troops come together And build up their road against me; They encamp all around my tent.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 42:4
    When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 22:14
    I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.
    Isaiah 53:12
    Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
  7. Cross References
    Job 19:7
    If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard. If I cry aloud, there is no justice.
  8. Cross References
    Job 10:3
    Does it seem good to You that You should oppress, That You should despise the work of Your hands, And smile on the counsel of the wicked?
    Job 16:9
    He tears me in His wrath, and hates me; He gnashes at me with His teeth; My adversary sharpens His gaze on me.
    Job 16:14
    He breaks me with wound upon wound; He runs at me like a warrior.
    Job 19:6
    Know then that God has wronged me, And has surrounded me with His net.
    Job 19:22
    Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh?
  9. Cross References
    Hebrews 9:27
    And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 35:13
    But as for me, when they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; And my prayer would return to my own heart.
    Psalms 35:14
    I paced about as though he were my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.
    Romans 12:15
    Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
  11. Cross References
    Job 3:25
    For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.
    Job 3:26
    I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.
    Jeremiah 8:15
    We looked for peace, but no good came; And for a time of health, and there was trouble!
  12. Cross References
    Job 30:31
    My harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the voice of those who weep.
    Psalms 38:6
    I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
    Psalms 42:9
    I will say to God my Rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
    Psalms 43:2
    For You are the God of my strength; Why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 44:19
    But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals, And covered us with the shadow of death.
    Psalms 102:6
    I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert.
    Micah 1:8
    Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals And a mourning like the ostriches.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 119:83
    For I have become like a wineskin in smoke, Yet I do not forget Your statutes.
    Lamentations 4:8
    Now their appearance is blacker than soot; They go unrecognized in the streets; Their skin clings to their bones, It has become as dry as wood.
    Lamentations 5:10
    Our skin is hot as an oven, Because of the fever of famine.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 102:3
    For my days are consumed like smoke, And my bones are burned like a hearth.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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