The Meaning of Job 30:29 Explained

Job 30:29

KJV: I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

YLT: A brother I have been to dragons, And a companion to daughters of the ostrich.

Darby: I am become a brother to jackals, and a companion of ostriches.

ASV: I am a brother to jackals, And a companion to ostriches.

What does Job 30:29 Mean?

Chapter Summary: Job 30

1  Job's honor is turned into extreme contempt
15  and his prosperity into calamity

What do the individual words in Job 30:29 mean?

A brother I am of jackals and a companion of ostriches
אָ֭ח הָיִ֣יתִי לְתַנִּ֑ים וְ֝רֵ֗עַ לִבְנ֥וֹת יַעֲנָֽה

אָ֭ח  A  brother 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: אָח  
Sense: brother.
הָיִ֣יתִי  I  am 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, first person common singular
Root: אֶהְיֶה 
Sense: to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out.
לְתַנִּ֑ים  of  jackals 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, common plural
Root: תַּנִּין  
Sense: dragon, serpent, sea monster.
וְ֝רֵ֗עַ  and  a  companion 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, masculine singular
Root: רֵעַ  
Sense: friend, companion, fellow, another person.
יַעֲנָֽה  ostriches 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular
Root: יַעֲנָה  
Sense: an unclean bird.