Job Continues Young People Now Insult Me 30 1Young people now insult me, although their fathers would have been a disgrace to my sheep dogs. 2And those who insult me are helpless themselves. 3They must claw the desert sand in the dark for something to satisfy their hunger.[N] 4They gather tasteless shrubs for food and firewood, 5and they are run out of towns, as though they were thieves. 6Their only homes are ditches or holes between rocks, 7where they bray like donkeys gathering around shrubs. 8And like senseless donkeys they are chased away. Those Worthless Nobodies 9Those worthless nobodies make up jokes and songs to disgrace me. 10They are hateful and keep their distance, even while spitting in my direction. 11God has destroyed me, and so they don't care what they do.[O] 12Their attacks never stop, though I am defenseless, and my feet are trapped.[P] 13Without any help, they prevent my escape, destroying me completely[Q] 14and leaving me crushed. 15Terror has me surrounded; my reputation and my riches have vanished like a cloud. I Am Sick at Heart 16I am sick at heart! Pain has taken its toll. 17Night chews on my bones, causing endless torment, 18and God has shrunk my skin, choking me to death.[R] 19I have been thrown in the dirt and now am dirt myself. 20I beg God for help, but there is no answer; and when I stand up, he simply stares. 21God has turned brutal, 22stirring up a windstorm to toss me about. 23Soon he will send me home to the world of the dead, where we all must go. 24No one refuses help to others, when disaster strikes.[S] 25I mourned for the poor and those who suffered. 26But when I beg for relief and light, all I receive are disaster and darkness. 27My stomach is tied in knots; pain is my daily companion. 28My days are dark and gloomy and in the city council I stand and cry out, 29making mournful sounds like jackals[T] and owls. 30My skin is so parched, that it peels right off, and my bones are burning. 31My only songs are sorrow and sadness.
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