Job 29:13
New International Version
The one who was dying blessed me; I made the widow's heart sing.

New Living Translation
I helped those without hope, and they blessed me. And I caused the widows’ hearts to sing for joy.

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.

Berean Study Bible
The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow’s heart sing for joy.

New American Standard Bible
"The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, And I made the widow's heart sing for joy.

New King James Version
The blessing of a perishing man 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.

Christian Standard Bible
The dying blessed me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice.

Contemporary English Version
And I was highly praised for my generosity to widows and others in poverty.

Good News Translation
People who were in deepest misery praised me, and I helped widows find security.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice.

International Standard Version
Those who were about to die blessed me, and I made widows sing for joy.

NET Bible
the blessing of the dying man descended on me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice;

New Heart English Bible
the blessing of him who was ready to perish came on me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I received a blessing from the dying. I made the widow's heart sing for joy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me; and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

New American Standard 1977
“The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, And I made the widow’s heart sing for joy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The blessing of the one that was ready to perish came upon me; and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

King James 2000 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 King James Version
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came on 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let the blessing of the perishing one come upon me; yea, the mouth of the widow has blessed me.

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

Darby Bible Translation
The blessing of him that was perishing came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

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.

World English Bible
the blessing of him who was ready to perish came on me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

Young's Literal Translation
The blessing of the perishing cometh on me, And the heart of the widow I cause to sing.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
12because I rescued the poor who cried out and the fatherless who had no helper. 13The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow’s heart sing for joy. 14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; justice was my robe and my turban.…
Cross References
Job 22:9
You sent widows away empty-handed, and the strength of the fatherless was crushed.

Job 31:19
if I have seen one perish for lack of clothing, or a needy man without a cloak,

Proverbs 11:26
The people will curse the hoarder of grain, but blessing will crown the one who sells it.

Proverbs 31:6
Give strong drink to one who is perishing, and wine to the bitter in soul.

Treasury of Scripture

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

The blessing

Deuteronomy 24:13
In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.

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, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them…

2 Corinthians 9:12-14
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; …

ready

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

Deuteronomy 26:5
And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

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

I caused

Deuteronomy 16:11
And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

Nehemiah 8:10-12
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength…

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

sing

Psalm 67:4
O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

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







Lexicon
The dying man
אֹ֭בֵד (’ō·ḇêḏ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

blessed me,
בִּרְכַּ֣ת (bir·kaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1293: Benediction, prosperity

and I made the widow’s
אַלְמָנָ֣ה (’al·mā·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 490: A widow, a desolate place

heart
וְלֵ֖ב (wə·lêḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

sing for joy.
אַרְנִֽן׃ (’ar·nin)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7442: To give a ringing cry
Verse 13. - The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me (comp. ver. 11). Oppression in the East sometimes drives its victims to actual starvation or to suicide. Isaiah calls the oppressors against whom he inveighs "murderers" (Isaiah 1:21). These "perishing" ones Job often saved, and they "blessed" him. And I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. How cold are the words of Ameni, "No widow have I oppressed," compared with these! Job was not content with mere abstinence from evil, mere negative virtue. He so actively and effectually relieved distress that affliction was turned into happiness, and lamentation into rejoicing. 29:7-17 All sorts of people paid respect to Job, not only for the dignity of his rank, but for his personal merit, his prudence, integrity, and good management. Happy the men who are blessed with such gifts as these! They have great opportunities of honouring God and doing good, but have great need to watch against pride. Happy the people who are blessed with such men! it is a token for good to them. Here we see what Job valued himself by, in the day of his prosperity. It was by his usefulness. He valued himself by the check he gave to the violence of proud and evil men. Good magistrates must thus be a restraint to evil-doers, and protect the innocent; in order to this, they should arm themselves with zeal and resolution. Such men are public blessings, and resemble Him who rescues poor sinners from Satan. How many who were ready to perish, now are blessing Him! But who can show forth His praises? May we trust in His mercy, and seek to imitate His truth, justice, and love.
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