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Job 30 - NIV


“But now they mock me,
men younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
to put with my sheep dogs.

2 Of what use was the strength of their hands to me,
since their vigor had gone from them?

3 Haggard from want and hunger,
they roamed[a] the parched land
in desolate wastelands at night.

4 In the brush they gathered salt herbs,
and their food[b] was the root of the broom bush.

5 They were banished from human society,
shouted at as if they were thieves.

6 They were forced to live in the dry stream beds,
among the rocks and in holes in the ground.

7 They brayed among the bushes
and huddled in the undergrowth.

8 A base and nameless brood,
they were driven out of the land.


“And now those young men mock me in song;
I have become a byword among them.

10 They detest me and keep their distance;
they do not hesitate to spit in my face.

11 Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me,
they throw off restraint in my presence.

12 On my right the tribe[c] attacks;
they lay snares for my feet,
they build their siege ramps against me.

13 They break up my road;
they succeed in destroying me.
‘No one can help him,’ they say.

14 They advance as through a gaping breach;
amid the ruins they come rolling in.

15 Terrors overwhelm me;
my dignity is driven away as by the wind,
my safety vanishes like a cloud.


“And now my life ebbs away;
days of suffering grip me.

17 Night pierces my bones;
my gnawing pains never rest.

18 In his great power God becomes like clothing to me[d] ;
he binds me like the neck of my garment.

19 He throws me into the mud,
and I am reduced to dust and ashes.


“I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer;
I stand up, but you merely look at me.

21 You turn on me ruthlessly;
with the might of your hand you attack me.

22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind;
you toss me about in the storm.

23 I know you will bring me down to death,
to the place appointed for all the living.


“Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man
when he cries for help in his distress.

25 Have I not wept for those in trouble?
Has not my soul grieved for the poor?

26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came;
when I looked for light, then came darkness.

27 The churning inside me never stops;
days of suffering confront me.

28 I go about blackened, but not by the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.

29 I have become a brother of jackals,
a companion of owls.

30 My skin grows black and peels;
my body burns with fever.

31 My lyre is tuned to mourning,
and my pipe to the sound of wailing.


a. Job 30:3 Or gnawed
b. Job 30:4 Or fuel
c. Job 30:12 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
d. Job 30:18 Hebrew; Septuagint power he grasps my clothing

Sermons on Job 30 More sermons: Job 30

Thomas Swope avatar
No ‘Buts’ About It
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Oct, 2016
Summary: A study of the book of Job 30: 1 – 31
Series: Job
Scripture: Job 30:1-31
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 169
Bobby Stults avatar
The Perfect Storm of Job
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Feb, 2010
Summary: Job experienced what we might call the "Perfect" storm of life... we can learn how to handle these times by looking to his example.
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,964
Tom Shepard avatar
Job's Negative Image Of Life - Job Chapter Thirty
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Apr, 2008
Summary: This is a study into Job chapter thrity.
based on 18 ratings
Scripture: Job 30:1-31
Views: 1,856
Créteur fabien avatar
Shared by: Créteur fabien on Sep, 2007
Summary: Quand Job a atteint l’extrémité de sa corde c’était seulement alors lui prépare pour réaliser les occasions de Dieu. " Et maintenant!… je suis la risée de plus jeunes que moi, De ceux dont je dédaignais de mettre les pères Parmi les chiens de mon troupe
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Job 30:1-31
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 300
Joel Pankow avatar
The Dust and Ashes Attitude
Shared by: Joel Pankow on Feb, 2004
Summary: How God wants us to remember who we are and where we’re headed so we can find strength in him
based on 31 ratings
Scripture: Job 30:16-19
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 1,531
Paul Fritz avatar
Our Limitations Lead to God's Opportunities
Shared by: Paul Fritz on Jun, 2003
Summary: When Job reached the end of his rope only then was he ready to realize God’s opportunities.
based on 58 ratings
Scripture: Job 30:1-31
Views: 5,540
Jim Twamley avatar
Shared by: Jim Twamley on Mar, 2003
Summary: Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyone through either personal experience or through depression in a family member. Each year over 17 million American adults experience a period of clinical depression.
based on 23 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,274
Jeffrey  Stratton avatar
Crawling Out of the Fairness Hole #4
Shared by: Jeffrey Stratton on Aug, 2002
Summary: This series examines some of the emotional holes we fall into and how we might crawl out.
based on 55 ratings
Scripture: Job 1:1-6 Job 30:25-27
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,043
Mark Haines avatar
Is God Unfair?
Shared by: Mark Haines on Nov, 2001
Summary: An inductive exploration of the unfairness of life and an elimination of inadequate answers to the question “Is God unfair?”
based on 43 ratings
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 3,029
John Kapteyn avatar
When All Seems Hopeless
Shared by: John Kapteyn on Oct, 2000
Summary: Job shows us how great our suffering can be and how we are able to process it.
based on 29 ratings
Scripture: Job 30:1
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,293