3 For want and famine they were solitary; [1] fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.

Other Translations of Job 30:3

New International Version

3 Haggard from want and hunger, they roamedOr "gnawed" the parched land in desolate wastelands at night.

English Standard Version

3 Through want and hard hunger they gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation;

The Message

3 Half-starved, scavenging the back alleys, howling at the moon;

New King James Version

3 They are gaunt from want and famine, Fleeing late to the wilderness, desolate and waste,

New Living Translation

3 They are gaunt from poverty and hunger. They claw the dry ground in desolate wastelands.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 30:3

Commentary on Job 30:1-14

(Read Job 30:1-14)

Job contrasts his present condition with his former honour and authority. What little cause have men to be ambitious or proud of that which may be so easily lost, and what little confidence is to be put in it! We should not be cast down if we are despised, reviled, and hated by wicked men. We should look to Jesus, who endured the contradiction of sinners.