30 “But now they mock at me, men 1younger than I,
Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.
Their vigor has perished.
Fleeing late to the wilderness, desolate and waste,
4 Who pluck 2mallow by the bushes,
And broom tree roots for their food.
They shouted at them as at a thief.
6 They had to live in the clefts of the 3valleys,
In 4caves of the earth and the rocks.
Under the nettles they nestled.
Yes, sons of vile men;
They were scourged from the land.
9 “And anow I am their taunting song;
Yes, I am their byword.
They do not hesitate bto spit in my face.
They have cast off restraint before me.
They push away my feet,
And dthey raise against me their ways of destruction.
They promote my calamity;
They have no helper.
Under the ruinous storm they roll along.
They pursue my honor as the wind,
And my prosperity has passed like a cloud.
The days of affliction take hold of me.
And my gnawing pains take no rest.
It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
And I have become like dust and ashes.
20 “I gcry out to You, but You do not answer me;
I stand up, and You regard me.
With the strength of Your hand You hoppose me.
You spoil my success.
And to the house iappointed for all living.
If they cry out when He destroys it.
25 jHave I not wept for him who was in trouble?
Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
26 kBut when I looked for good, evil came to me;
And when I waited for light, then came darkness.
27 6My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest;
Days of affliction confront me.
28 lI go about mourning, but not in the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.
29 mI am a brother of jackals,
And a companion of ostriches.
30 nMy skin grows black and falls from me;
oMy bones burn with fever.
And my flute to the voice of those who weep.
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