29 And Job again ztook up his discourse, and said:
3 when his alamp shone upon my head,
4 as I was in my prime,1
when the bfriendship of God was upon my tent,
when my cchildren were all around me,
7 When I went out to hthe gate of the city,
and ilaid their hand on their mouth;
and their jtongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
12 because I kdelivered the poor who cried for help,
and I caused nthe widow's heart to sing for joy.
14 I oput on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice was like a robe and pa turban.
15 I was qeyes to the blind
and I searched out rthe cause of him whom I did not know.
and I shall multiply my days as wthe sand,
with the dew all night on my zbranches,
and my word cdropped upon them.
and I lived like ha king among his troops,
30 “But now they ilaugh at me,
men who are jyounger than I,
and the roots of the broom tree for their food.2
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 restraint3 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 God4 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?5
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.
31 “I have made a covenant with my beyes;
2 What would be cmy portion from God above
and cmy heritage from the Almighty on high?
4 dDoes not he see my ways
and enumber all my steps?
6 (Let me be fweighed in a just balance,
and gmy heart has gone after my eyes,
and if any hspot has stuck to my hands,
8 then let me isow, and another eat,
and let what grows for me6 be rooted out.
and I have jlain in wait at my neighbor's door,
10 then let my wife kgrind for another,
and let others lbow down on her.
that would be an iniquity mto be punished by the judges;
12 for that would be a fire nthat consumes as far as Abaddon,
When he omakes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
15 Did pnot he who made me in the womb make him?
16 “If I have qwithheld anything that the poor desired,
or have rcaused the eyes of the widow to fail,
18 (for from my youth the fatherless7 grew up with me as with a father,
and from my mother's womb I guided the widow8),
or the needy without tcovering,
21 if I have raised my hand against vthe fatherless,
because I saw my help in wthe gate,
23 For I was xin terror of calamity from God,
and I could not have faced his xmajesty.
or called afine gold my confidence,
25 if I have brejoiced because my wealth was abundant
or because cmy hand had found much,
or ethe moon moving in splendor,
28 this also would be fan iniquity to be punished by the judges,
29 “If I have grejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me,
30 (hI have not let my mouth sin
‘Who is there that has not been filled with his imeat?’
32 (jthe sojourner has not lodged in the street;
34 because I stood in great fear of mthe multitude,
(Here is my signature! Let the Almighty nanswer me!)
Oh, that I had othe indictment written by my adversary!
36 Surely I would carry it on my pshoulder;
39 sif I have eaten its yield without payment
and made its owners tbreathe their last,
40 let uthorns grow instead of wheat,
 29:4 Hebrew my autumn days
 30:4 Or warmth
 30:11 Hebrew the bridle
 30:19 Hebrew He
 30:24 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
 31:8 Or let my descendants
 31:18 Hebrew he
 31:18 Hebrew her
 31:20 Hebrew if his loins have not blessed me
 31:26 Hebrew the light
 31:33 Or as Adam did