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30 “But now they mock at me, men 1younger 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 2mallow 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 3valleys,

In 4caves 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 anow I am their taunting song;

Yes, I am their byword.

10 They abhor me, they keep far from me;

They do not hesitate bto spit in my face.

11 Because cHe has loosed 5my 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 dthey 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 enow my soul is fpoured 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 gcry 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 hoppose 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 iappointed 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 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.

31 My harp is turned to mourning,

And my flute to the voice of those who weep.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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