24-31 “What did I do to deserve this?
    Did I ever hit anyone who was calling for help?
Haven’t I wept for those who live a hard life,
    been heartsick over the lot of the poor?
But where did it get me?
    I expected good but evil showed up.
    I looked for light but darkness fell.
My stomach’s in a constant churning, never settles down.
    Each day confronts me with more suffering.
I walk under a black cloud. The sun is gone.
    I stand in the congregation and protest.
I howl with the jackals,
    I hoot with the owls.
I’m black-and-blue all over,
    burning up with fever.
My fiddle plays nothing but the blues;
    my mouth harp wails laments.”

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24 “Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man(A)
    when he cries for help in his distress.(B)
25 Have I not wept for those in trouble?(C)
    Has not my soul grieved for the poor?(D)
26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came;
    when I looked for light, then came darkness.(E)

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