Job 29:14-25 “I Put On Righteousness, Chose Out Their Way, Sat Chief and Dwelt As a King”

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Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
Job 29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
Job 29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
Job 29:17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
Job 29:18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.
Job 29:19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
Job 29:20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
Job 29:21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
Job 29:22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.
Job 29:23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
Job 29:24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
Job 29:25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

Introduction

In the first part of this chapter Job, the type of our own “old man”, our own self- righteous “man of sin”, was wishing he had never lost all his material blessings which God had given him. He was wishing God had never taken away the respect that had been afforded him by all who knew him. But the saddest thing about our old man’s mind, is that he actually thinks that he, of himself, is capable of being righteous, and we, as Job demonstrates, actually believe that our own righteousness deserves God’s gratitude. What it all boils down to is the fact that our old man, with his belief that he is free to choose between good and evil, has placed himself on the throne of God, within “the temple of God… which temple [ we] are”:

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God [“Which temple ye are”], shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? [ That “Ye are the temple of God”]

All people of all time have “defiled the temple of God”, with our self- righteousness and all of our sins. What is so sad for us at this stage of our spiritual experience is that we have no idea that it is absolutely expedient that we must first lose our life, and all that is dear to our life, before we have any hope of finding true life.

Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Job, the Old Testament type of each of us, is more than willing to die just to escape the pain of his afflictions. But what characterizes our natural old man at this point is that we are not willing to die to, or even to acknowledge that we have bowed down to, the self- righteous beast and the old man of sin who is sitting on the throne of God within us. At this juncture we do not understand that no one can even hope to enter into the temple of God until the seven plagues of the seven angels with the seven vials of God’s wrath have been poured out upon the the kingdom of the beast within us. This is unheard of, and it seems so contrary to the mind of the self- righteous natural man within us all. Our old self- righteous man reasons that God has no right to treat us as His enemy after all we have done for Him, and in His name.

Job 16:9 He [ God] teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy [ God] sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

Elihu, speaking in God’s behalf, repeats these words to Job:

Job 33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
Job 33:10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
Job 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

“He finds occasions against me” is the most obvious thing in the world at this point. The concept of God deliberately “seeking an occasion” against our flesh is completely unknown to us at this time in our experience. It is clear to us that we are suffering from God’s wrath, and we consider God to be our enemy, but we are, at this time, completely blind to this incredible revelation of what must be if we would enter into the temple of God:

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

This function of the wrath of God upon our old- self righteous beast and man of sin within us is beyond our ability to accept at this stage of our walk. We are righteous, and God had no right to treat us as he is treating us.

Review Notes – Larry Groenewald:

Our carnal mind would rather believe that it has a free will than can even choose its own time of death (even committing suicide like Judas did). Our pride and lusts will never choose on its own to leave us. The kingdom of the beast in us is a proud and high mountain that will not go down except God bring it down:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
As Mike said, our old self- righteous ‘good works’ man argues that God has no right to treat us as His enemy, but all carnal minds are enemies of the mind of the spirit of God:
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

[ End of review notes]

This is how our old man sees himself, and from our old man’s perspective, this deserves God’s gratitude, not his wrath:

Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

Job, as the type of who we first are, actually believes that it was he, Job, who put on righteousness. Job does not believe these words:

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

In other words, what we consider to be our own righteousness, is to God our self- righteous, “filthy rags” and is not righteousness at all. They are instead “our iniquities” which, like they did with Job, ‘take us away’.

Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

While we profess that God is sovereign, like Job we still take credit for choosing to do what is right. God is not the emphasis when Job says ” I put on righteousness, it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem”. “I, me, [ and] my” are the center of our attention at this point in our spiritual experience. We become convinced that we, in and of ourselves, are able to do things on our own, and we fail to point to the source of our strength.
This is just how serious a matter is it to our God, when we credit ourselves with the work He is doing within us?:

Num 20:1 Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.
Num 20:2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.
Num 20:3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
Num 20:4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?
Num 20:5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.
Num 20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.
Num 20:7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 20:8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
Num 20:9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
Num 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
Num 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
Num 20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Num 20:13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

That is just how important it is to God that we do not usurp His throne within our hearts and that we do not take to ourselves credit for what He is working within us.
When Israel asks:

Num 20:5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

That is no different than Job asking this:

Job 3:20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
Job 3:21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
Job 3:22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
Job 3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

These are legitimate questions for any carnal minded man to ask. Why does God seek an occasion against the flesh which He made as it is? It was indeed God who led Israel out of Egypt and into that wilderness, and it was indeed God who had them there without water. The Biblical answer to this question is that God is the Potter, that He is indeed “seeking an occasion” against our flesh, and that we have no right to question what He is working within the vessel of clay with which He is working.
The story of Samson is given us for our admonition:

Jdg 14:1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
Jdg 14:2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.
Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

Neither Samson, nor Israel, nor our old man, are at first capable of understanding why God needs an occasion against our flesh, but that is exactly what God has ordained for the flesh of all men of all time.
Here is the answer which the spirit gives to the questions which our old man has raised against his Creator’s ways:

Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Rom 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

“I will… I will… I will… So then it is not of him that wills… therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardens” leaves absolutely no room for the false doctrine of ‘mankind’s free moral agency’.
Though neither Job nor Israel nor any of us want to acknowledge it, the Truth is that anything and everything we do “is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy… or hardeneth”. Our lives are not our lives, and the lives of any others are not their own. We are all God’s achievement, to dispose of as He sees fit.

1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Eph 2:10 For His achievement are we, being created in Christ Jesus for good works, (CLV)
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

But there is another spiritual lesson revealed to us in the sin of Moses and Aaron’s rebellion against God at “the waters of Meribah”. We are shown that which really is inherent “in me [ and you] that is in [ our] flesh”. Our old self- righteous man, will always first, just naturally presume to take God’s glory to himself, we as that old man, “cannot inherit the kingdom of God”, and as that old man we will have no part in bringing others into the promised land. Neither Job, nor Moses and Aaron, all of whom are types of our old self- righteous man, are aware of this Biblical Truth:

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

What our natural man cannot understand is that God has made a marvelous creation, but He deliberately marred that marvelous creation, by creating it first as an unfinished physical prototype of the final spiritual end product. What our old man does not want to hear is that he is just the first step in what God is in the process of creating, and that the end product comes only through the death and destruction of this “first Adam” prototype, which is called a “vessel of clay”.

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

In this verse in Gal 4, that ‘marred vessel’, which we all first are, is called “the son of the bondwoman”:

Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son [ our “first Adam”]: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman [ our “last Adam”].

What Job, as our “natural man”, cannot understand and what we most often are never taught, is that we are all first this “son of the bondwoman”, seed of Abraham, with absolutely no place within us for understanding the things of the spirit, before we will all, “in [ our] own order”, become “the son of the freewoman”, seed of Abraham, who is granted to know and understand “the deep things of… the spirit of God”.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Here is what Christ told the “seed of Abraham… which believed on Him” but who ‘sought to kill Him’.

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed [ son of the bondwoman]; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
Joh 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
Joh 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children [ If ye be in Christ then ye are the seed of Abraham”], ye would do the works of Abraham.

Here now is what the spirit was beginning to reveal to us when it told us through Jeremiah, that “He made it again, another vessel as it seemed good to the Potter to make it”.

1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
1Co 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

All mankind of all time must first bear the earthy, old, natural man, and then afterward we must all bear the new, spiritual, heavenly man. We are told that the spiritual cannot precede the natural, but we are also told that we have been granted this new, spiritual man, in “earnest of the spirit”, while yet in these corruptible “vessels of clay”, also called “earthen vessels”.
Here is how the apostle Paul reveals to us these little understood Truths:

2Co 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
2Co 4:7 But we have this [“earnest of the spirit”] treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2Co 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
2Co 5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
2Co 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
2Co 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

“The earnest of the spirit” is what we have at this time while we are yet in these “earthen vessels”. But this “earnest of our inheritance [ is only] until the redemption of the purchased possession”, which is the resurrection from the dead just preceding the ‘thousand year reign of Christ and His elect saints’.
But as Job, we are still “the first man Adam”. As such we still believe that God is just fortunate to have us in His camp. The way we word it, it is almost as if God is fortunate that we we let Him be a part of our camp:

Review Notes:

Isa 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

Our natural cloak is our flesh – our body of death and all carnality in it (our natural conception “in sin”). When we think we have our own righteousness, we “add sin to sin”. The best of the flesh is still a bad stinking cloth and a savor of death to the spirit. But the opposite is also true. Spiritual things are bad news to the flesh. To admit that God works everything in our lives is a rotten idea to the flesh.

2Co 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
2Co 2:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

[ End of review notes]

These words express how you and I see ourselves while we are contending with our Maker:

Job 29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
Job 29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
Job 29:17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Again, there is no recognition of the need to “put on incorruption [ or] put on immortality”.

1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Instead we actually act as if it should be possible for our days to somehow be “multipli[ ed] as the sand of the sea, and as if our death if it must be considered at all it should be in the peace of “[ our] nest”, never having known the afflictions of the seven plagues of the seven angels.

Job 29:18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

Not seeing any need to ‘fulfill the seven plagues of the seven angels’, and not understanding what is need for ‘the patience and faith of the saints, and the faith of Jesus’…,

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints,
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

… we continue expressing our desire to retain our own self- righteousness, and be back in that immature, untried, and unproven state and time when God had a hedge about us which protects us from any influence of the adversary to try our faith in the valley of the shadow of death.

Review Notes:
Notice the repetition of “I” in those verses. The “self” is very central in Job’s life at this point as it is in every natural person;’s life. We simply cannot help but love ourselves more. Job says:
Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.
This wasn’t to be – the wonderful retirement we all want will never materialise. God will always have shocking surprises for our flesh. Our fleshly ways are nevr His ways, and His ways will always shake and crush our own ideas.
Job 16:12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.
Act 27:13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.
Act 27:14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon (an east wind).[ End of review notes]

Job 29:19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
Job 29:20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
Job 29:21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
Job 29:22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.
Job 29:23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
Job 29:24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
Job 29:25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

My root… my branch… my glory… in me… my bow… in my hand… unto me men gave ear… and kept silence at my counsel… after my words… my speech dropped upon them… they waited for me as for rain… the light of my countenance they cast not down… I chose their way and sat chief and dwelt as a king… in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God”.

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Is not this exactly what God means when He asks Job…?:

Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Job 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Are not these the very offenses of placing ourselves in the temple of God, without the benefit of the seven vials of the wrath of God being poured out upon the kingdom of “the man of sin” within us?
The desperate need within us for those seven vials of God’s wrath will be made clear in our study next week, where Job will continue to display for us just what self- righteous Pharisees we all are as we look down the Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar within our lives. It turns out that we look down upon these men in our own lives as the lowly publicans we all come to know in this life.

Review Notes:

Notice again the many ‘I’s’ and ‘me’s’ in those verses. This sounds like the man who thought he can take a shortcut – he can enter the banquet of the King (‘the temple’) without a wedding garment (without going through all of the seven vials).
Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The stripes (“wounds of a friend”) are necessary.
Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead (aorist tense – a process = ‘I die daily‘) to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed(aorist tense – linking directly with the process to “die daily”).[ End of review notes]

Here is what Job really thinks of Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, and their fathers. Little do we realize that all of this is within us:

Job 30:1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
Job 30:2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
Job 30:3 For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.
Job 30:4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.
Job 30:5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
Job 30:6 To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.
Job 30:7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.
Job 30:8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
Job 30:9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
Job 30:10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
Job 30:11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
Job 30:12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
Job 30:13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.
Job 30:14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
Job 30:15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

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