Job 30:4
Context
Job's Honor is Turned Into Contempt

1But 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. 2Yes, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished? 3For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste. 4Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat. 5They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;) 6To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks. 7Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together. 8They were children of fools, yes, children of base men: they were viler than the earth. 9And now am I their song, yes, I am their byword. 10They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face. 11Because he has loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me. 12On my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction. 13They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. 14They came on me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves on me.
Cross References
1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.


Job 30:3
For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.


Job 30:5
They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)


Treasury of Scripture

Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.

mallows (The Hebrew malluach, in Arabic, malluch and in Syriac mallucho, is probably the halimus of the Romans, which Dioscorides describes as a kind of bramble, without thorns, the leaves of which are boiled and eaten.)

juniper roots (The Hebrew rothem, in Arabic, ratim, and in Spanish, retama, most probably signifies the genista or broom, which is very abundant in the deserts of Arabia.)

for their meat

2 Kings 4:38,39 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him...

Amos 7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdsman...

Luke 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave to him.

Strong's Concordance
Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots [for] their meat.
Topical Bible
Broom Broom-roots Brushwood Bushes Cropping Cut Gather Gathered Herbs Juniper Leaves Making Mallow Mallows Meal Meat Pick Pluck Pulling Root Roots Salt Salt-wort Shrub Themselves Tree Warm Wormwood
Resources
Job Chapter 30 Verse 4

Alphabetical: and broom brush bushes by food gathered herbs In is mallow of pluck root salt shrub the their they tree was Who whose

OT Poetry: Job 30:4 They pluck salt herbs by the bushes (Jb)
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