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30 “But now they mock me,z
men younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
to put with my sheep dogs.a
since their vigor had gone from them?
4 In the brush they gathered salt herbs,e
shouted at as if they were thieves.
among the rocks and in holes in the ground.g
and huddled in the undergrowth.
8 A base and nameless brood,j
they were driven out of the land.k
I have become a bywordn among them.
10 They detest meo and keep their distance;
they do not hesitate to spit in my face.p
they throw off restraints in my presence.
they build their siege ramps against me.w
13 They break up my road;x
they succeed in destroying me.y
‘No one can help him,’ they say.
14 They advance as through a gaping breach;z
amid the ruins they come rolling in.
my dignity is driven away as by the wind,
my safety vanishes like a cloud.c
16 “And now my life ebbs away;d
days of suffering grip me.e
my gnawing pains never rest.f
he binds me like the neck of my garment.
19 He throws me into the mud,h
and I am reduced to dust and ashes.i
I stand up, but you merely look at me.
21 You turn on me ruthlessly;l
22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind;o
you toss me about in the storm.p
23 I know you will bring me down to death,q
to the place appointed for all the living.r
24 “Surely no one lays a hand on a broken mans
when he cries for help in his distress.t
25 Have I not wept for those in trouble?u
Has not my soul grieved for the poor?v
when I looked for light, then came darkness.w
27 The churning inside me never stops;x
days of suffering confront me.y
28 I go about blackened,z but not by the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.a
29 I have become a brother of jackals,b
a companion of owls.c
my body burns with fever.f
31 My lyre is tuned to mourning,g
and my pipeh to the sound of wailing.
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