1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
1 "But now they mock me; men who are far younger than I, whose fathers I would have hated to entrust with my own sheep dogs.
1 But now they who are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.
2 “Indeed, what good was the strength of their hands to me?Vigor had perished from them.
2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
2 What use to me was the strength of their hands?Their vigor had left them.
2 Furthermore, what could I have gained from men whose strength is gone?
2 Yes, how could the strength of their hands profit me? They were men whose ripe age and vigor had perished.
3 “From want and famine they are gauntWho gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation,
3 For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.
3 Emaciated from poverty and hunger,they gnawed the dry land,the desolate wasteland by night.
3 Unproductive due to poverty and hunger, they could only scratch in parched soil, devastated and desolated.
3 They are gaunt with want and famine; they gnaw the dry and barren ground or flee into the wilderness, into the gloom of wasteness and desolation.
4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.
4 "They would pluck off herbs from salt marshes to eat; and roots of the broom shrub for food.
4 They pluck saltwort or mallows among the bushes, and roots of the broom for their food or to warm them.
5 “They are driven from the community;They shout against them as against a thief,
5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
5 They were expelled from human society;people shouted at them as if they were thieves.
5 Driven away from human company, they were shouted at as though they were thieves.
5 They are driven from among men, who shout after them as after a thief.
6 To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.
6 They are living on the slopes of the wadis,among the rocks and in holes in the ground.
6 They lived in the most dangerous of ravines, in holes in the ground, and among rocks.
6 They must dwell in the clefts of frightful valleys (gullies made by torrents) and in holes of the earth and of the rocks.
7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.
7 They bray among the shrubs;they huddle beneath the thistles.
7 They bray like donkeys among the bushes and huddle together under the desert weeds.
7 Among the bushes they bray and howl [like wild animals]; beneath the prickly scrub they fling themselves and huddle together.
8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
8 Sons of fools and of uncertain reputation, they have been driven from the land by scourging."
8 Sons of the worthless and nameless, they have been scourged and crushed out of the land.
9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
9 "Now, I've become the object of their mocking melodies; I'm nothing but a fool's proverb to them!
9 And now I have become their song; yes, I am a byword to them.
10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
10 They abhor me they keep their distance from me; but they don't refrain from spitting at the sight of me.
10 They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, and do not refrain from spitting in my face or at the sight of me.
11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
11 But God has loosened his cord and afflicted me; so they've cast off all restraints in my presence.
11 For God has loosed my bowstring and afflicted and humbled me; they have cast off the bridle [of restraint] before me.
12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
12 "A wretched crowd ambushes me to my right; they trip my feet; they build up their path of calamity for me.
12 On my right hand rises the rabble brood; they jostle me and push away my feet, and they cast up against me their ways of destruction [like an advancing army].
13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.
13 They tear up my pathways; they profit from my destruction, and they need no help to do this!
13 They break up and clutter my path [embarrassing my plans]; they urge on my calamity, even though they have no helper [and are themselves helpless].
14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
14 They come like those who breach through a wall; as everything crashes around me they'll roll on and on!
14 As through a wide breach they come in; amid the crash [of falling walls] they roll themselves upon me.
15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.
15 My greatest fears have overcome me; my honor is assaulted as though by a wind storm; my prosperity evaporates like a morning cloud."
15 Terrors are turned upon me; my honor and reputation they chase away like the wind, and my welfare has passed away as a cloud.
16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
16 "Now, my soul pours itself out; the time of my affliction has taken control of me.
16 And now my life is poured out within me; the days of affliction have gripped me.
17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
17 The night racks my bones; and the pain that gnaws on me will not rest.
17 My bones are pierced [with aching] in the night season, and the pains that gnaw me take no rest.
18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
18 My clothes are disheveled by his forceful treatment of me; he restricts my movement like the collar of my cloak.
18 By the great force [of my disease] my garment is disguised and disfigured; it binds me about like the collar of my coat.
19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
19 "He tossed me into the mire; I've become like dust and ashes.
19 [God] has cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes.
20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
20 I cry for help to you, but you won't answer me; I stand still, but you only look at me.
20 I cry to You, [Lord,] and You do not answer me; I stand up, but You [only] gaze [indifferently] at me.
21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
21 You changed toward me, and now you're cruel to me; with your mighty hand you are persecuting me;
21 You have become harsh and cruel to me; with the might of Your hand You [keep me alive only to] persecute me.
22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
22 you carried me off in a wind storm, making me ride on it while you toss me about as the storm roars around me.
22 You lift me up on the wind; You cause me to ride upon it, and You toss me about in the tempest.
23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
23 I know that you're about to kill me, so I'm about to go to the house that's appointed for all the living."
23 For I know that You will bring me to death and to the house [of meeting] appointed for all the living.
24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
24 "Surely he won't stretch his hand against the needy, will he, especially if they cry to him in their calamity?
24 However, does not one falling in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand? Or in his calamity will he not therefore cry for help?
25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?
25 Haven't I wept for the one who is going through hard times? Haven't I grieved for the needy?
25 Did not I weep for him who was in trouble? Was not my heart grieved for the poor and needy?
26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
26 I have hoped for good, but evil came instead; I have hoped for light, but darkness came.
26 But when I looked for good, then evil came to me; and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
27 I'm boiling mad inside, and I won't remain silent; the time for my affliction to confront me has arrived.
27 My heart is troubled and does not rest; days of affliction come to meet me.
28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
28 "In growing darkness, I walked without sunlight; I stood in the congregation to cry for help.
28 I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the congregation and cry for help.
29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
29 I have become a brother to jackalsand a companion of ostriches.
29 I've become a brother to jackals, and a friend to ostriches.
29 I am a brother to jackals [which howl], and a companion to ostriches [which scream dismally].
30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
30 My skin turns black all over me; and my bones seem burned from the heat.
30 My skin falls from me in blackened flakes, and my bones are burned with heat.
31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
31 But my harp is in mourning; my flute plays only songs for those who are weeping."
31 Therefore my lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.
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