Job 29:13
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English Standard Version
The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

King James Bible
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

American Standard Version
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me; And I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me, and I comforted the heart of the widow.

English Revised Version
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

7 When I went forth to the gate of the city,

Prepared my seat in the market,

8 Then the young men hid themselves as soon as they saw me,

And the aged rose up, remained standing.

9 Princes refrained from speaking,

And laid their hand on their mouth.

10 The voice of the nobles was hidden,

And their tongue clave to their palate.

When he left the bounds of his domain, and came into the city, he was everywhere received with the profoundest respect. From the facts of the case, it is inadmissible to translate quum egrederer portam after Genesis 34:24, comp. infra, Job 31:34, for the district where Job dwelt is to be thought of as being without a gate. True, he did not dwell with his family in tents, i.e., pavilions of hair, but in houses; he was not a nomad (a wandering herdsman), or what is the same thing, a Beduin, otherwise his children would not have been slain in a stone house, Job 1:19. "The daughter of the duck," says an Arabian proverb, "is a swimmer," and the son of a Beduin never dwells in a stone house. He was, however, also, not a citizen, but a hadarı̂ (חצרי), i.e., a permanent resident, a large landowner and husbandman. Thus therefore שׁער (for which Ew. after the lxx reads שׁחר: "when I went up early in the morning to the city") is locative, for שׁערה (comp. צא השּׂדה, go out into the field, Genesis 27:3): when he went forth to the gate above the city; or even, since it is natural to imagine the city as situated on an eminence: up to the city (so that צאת includes in itself by implication the notion of עלות); not, however: to the gate near the city (Stick., Hahn), since the gate of a city is not situated near the city, but is part of the city itself. The gates of cities and large houses in Western Asia are vaulted entrances, with large recesses on either side, where people congregate for business and negotiations.

(Note: Vid., Layard, New Discoveries, p. 57.)

The open space at the gate, which here, as in Nehemiah 8:1, Nehemiah 8:3, Nehemiah 8:16, is called רחוב, i.e., the open space within the gate and by the gate, was the forum (Job 5:4).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The blessing

Deuteronomy 24:13 In any case you shall deliver him the pledge again when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless you...

Acts 9:39-41 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping...

2 Corinthians 9:12-14 For the administration of this service not only supplies the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings to God...

2 Timothy 1:16-18 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain...

ready

Job 31:19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;

Deuteronomy 26:5 And you shall speak and say before the LORD your God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt...

Proverbs 31:6-9 Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those that be of heavy hearts...

Isaiah 27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown...

I caused

Deuteronomy 16:11 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant...

Nehemiah 8:10-12 Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared...

Philemon 1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by you, brother.

sing

Psalm 67:4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for you shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth. Selah.

Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

Cross References
Job 22:9
You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless were crushed.

Job 31:19
if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, or the needy without covering,

Proverbs 11:26
The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.

Proverbs 31:6
Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;

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