30 “But now they ilaugh at me,
men who are jyounger than I,
and the roots of the broom tree for their food.1
5 pThey are driven out from human company;
in holes of the earth and of qthe rocks.
7 Among the bushes they rbray;
under sthe nettles they huddle together.
9 “And now I have become their tsong;
I am ua byword to them.
10 They vabhor me; they keep aloof from me;
they do not hesitate to wspit at the sight of me.
they have cast off restraint2 in my presence.
12 On my xright hand the rabble rise;
they ycast up against me their ways of destruction.
they promote my zcalamity;
14 As through a wide abreach they come;
15 bTerrors are turned upon me;
and my prosperity has passed away like ca cloud.
16 “And now my soul is dpoured out within me;
and the pain that ggnaws me takes no rest.
18 With great force my garment is hdisfigured;
19 God3 has cast me into the mire,
and I have become like idust and ashes.
21 You have jturned cruel to me;
with the might of your hand you kpersecute me.
22 lYou lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it,
23 mFor I know that you will bring me to death
and to the house appointed for nall living.
24 “Yet does not one in a oheap of ruins stretch out his hand,
and in his disaster cry for help?4
25 Did not I pweep for him whose day was hard?
26 But qwhen I hoped for good, evil came,
and when I waited for light, rdarkness came.
days of affliction scome to meet me.
28 I tgo about darkened, but not by the sun;
I stand up in uthe assembly and cry for help.
29 I am a brother of vjackals
and a companion of wostriches.
30 My xskin turns black and falls from me,
and my ybones burn with heat.
and my zpipe to the voice of those who weep.