1 But now [they that are] younger than IThat is, my estate is changed and while before the ancient men were glad to revere me, the young men now contemn me.have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with theMeaning to be my shepherds or to keep my dogs.dogs of my flock.
2 Yea, whereto [might] the strength of their hands [profit] me, in whom old age wasThat is, their fathers died of hunger before they came to age.perished?
3 For pouertie and famine they were solitary, fleeing into the wildernes, which is darke, desolate and waste.
4 They cut vp nettels by the bushes, & the iuniper rootes was their meate.
5 They wereJob shows that those who mocked him in his affliction were like their fathers, wicked and lewd fellows, such as he here describes.driven forth from among [men], (they cried after them as [after] a thief;)
6 Therfore they dwelt in the clefts of riuers, in the holes of the earth and rockes.
7 They roared among the bushes, and vnder the thistles they gathered themselues.
8 They were the children of fooles and the children of villaines, which were more vile then the earth.
9 And now am I theirThey make songs of me, and mock my misery.song, yea, I am their byword.
10 They abhorre me, & flee farre from mee, and spare not to spit in my face.
11 Because he hath loosed myGod has taken from me the force, credit, and authority with which I kept them in subjection.cord, and afflicted me,He said that the young men when they saw him, hid themselves as in (Job_29:8), and now in his misery they were impudent and licentious.they have also let loose the bridle before me.
12 Upon [my] right [hand] rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me theThat is, they sought by all means how they might destroy me.ways of their destruction.
13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have noThey need no one to help them.helper.
14 They came [upon me] as a wide breaking in [of waters]: in theBy my calamity they took an opportunity against me.desolation they rolled themselves [upon me].
15 Feare is turned vpon mee: and they pursue my soule as the winde, and mine health passeth away as a cloude.
16 And now my soul isMy life fails me, and I am as half dead.poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
17 Meaning sorrow.My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.
18 For the great vehemencie is my garment changed, which compasseth me about as the colar of my coate.
19 That is, God has brought me into contempt.He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
20 Whe I cry vnto thee, thou doest not heare me, neither regardest me, when I stand vp.
21 Thou art becomeHe does not speak this way to accuse God, but to declare the vehemency of his affliction, by which he was carried beside himself.cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
22 Thou liftest me up to theHe compares his afflictions to a tempest or whirlwind.wind; thou causest me to ride [upon it], and dissolvest my substance.
23 Surely I knowe that thou wilt bring mee to death, and to the house appoynted for all the liuing.
24 Howbeit he will not stretch out [his] handNo one can deliver me from there, though they lament my death.to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.
25 Did not I weepe with him that was in trouble? was not my soule in heauinesse for the poore?
26 When I looked for good, thenInstead of comforting they mocked me.evil came [unto me]: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
27 My bowels did boyle without rest: for the dayes of affliction are come vpon me.
28 I went mourningNot delighting in any worldly thing, no not so much as in the use of the sun.without the sun: I stood up,Lamenting them that were in affliction and moving others to pity them.[and] I cried in the congregation.
29 I am a brother toI am like the wild beasts that desire solitary places.dragons, and a companion to owls.
30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned withWith the heat of affliction.heat.
31 Therefore mine harpe is turned to mourning, and mine organs into the voyce of them that weepe.