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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 30

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1But now they hold me in derision who are younger in years than I; h Jb 12, 4; 19, 18 . Whose fathers I should have disdained to rank with the dogs of my flock. 2Such strength as they had, to me meant nought; they were utterly destitute. 3In want and hunger was their lot, i 3–8: Jb 24, 5f . they who fled to the parched wastelands: 4They plucked saltwort* and shrubs; the roots of the broom plant were their food. 5They were banished from among men, with an outcry like that against a thief— 6To dwell on the slopes of the wadies, in caves of sand and stone; 7Among the bushes they raised their raucous cry; under the nettles they huddled together. 8Irresponsible, nameless men, they were driven out of the land. 9Yet now they sing of me in mockery; I am become a byword among them. j Jb 17, 6 . 10They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, they do not hesitate to spit in my face! 11Indeed, they have loosed their bonds; they lord it over me, and have thrown off restraint in my presence. 12To subvert my paths they rise up; they build their approaches for my ruin. 13To destroy me, they attack with none to stay them; 14as through a wide breach they advance. Amid the uproar they come on in waves; 15over me rolls the terror. My dignity is borne off on the wind, and my welfare vanishes like a cloud. 18One with great power lays hold of my clothing;* by the collar of my tunic he seizes me: 19He has cast me into the mire; I am leveled with the dust and ashes. 20I cry to you, but you do not answer me; k Jb 19, 7 . you stand off and look at me, 21Then you turn upon me without mercy and with your strong hand you buffet me. 22You raise me up and drive me before the wind; I am tossed about by the tempest. 23Indeed I know you will turn me back in death to the destined place of everyone alive. l Heb 9, 27 . 24Yet should not a hand be held out to help a wretched man in his calamity? 25Or have I not wept for the hardships of others; was not my soul grieved for the destitute? m Jb 29, 12–16 . 26Yet when I looked for good, then evil came; when I expected light, then came darkness. 16My soul ebbs away from me; 27days of affliction have overtaken me. 17My frame takes no rest by night; my inward parts seethe and will not be stilled. 28I go about in gloom, without the sun; I rise up in public to voice my grief. 29I have become the brother of jackals, companion to the ostrich. 30My blackened skin falls away from me; the heat scorches my very frame. 31My harp is turned to mourning, and my reed pipe to sounds of weeping.

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h: Jb 12, 4; 19, 18 .

i: 3–8: Jb 24, 5f .

j: Jb 17, 6 .

k: Jb 19, 7 .

l: Heb 9, 27 .

m: Jb 29, 12–16 .

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