Job 29:4
New International Version
Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house,

New Living Translation
When I was in my prime, God’s friendship was felt in my home.

English Standard Version
as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent,

Berean Study Bible
when I was in my prime, when the friendship of God rested on my tent,

King James Bible
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

New King James Version
Just as I was in the days of my prime, When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent;

New American Standard Bible
Just as I was in the days of my youth, When the protection of God was over my tent;

NASB 1995
As I was in the prime of my days, When the friendship of God was over my tent;

NASB 1977
As I was in the prime of my days, When the friendship of God was over my tent;

Amplified Bible
As I was in the prime of my days, When the friendship and counsel of God were over my tent,

Christian Standard Bible
I would be as I was in the days of my youth when God’s friendship rested on my tent,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would be as I was in the days of my youth when God’s friendship rested on my tent,

American Standard Version
As I was in the ripeness of my days, When the friendship of God was upon my tent;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As I was in the days of my favor when God was resting over my tent

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As when I steadfastly pursued my ways, when God took care of my house.

Contemporary English Version
I was in the prime of life, God All-Powerful was my closest friend,

Douay-Rheims Bible
As I was in the days of my youth, when God was secretly in my tabernacle?

English Revised Version
As I was in the ripeness of my days, when the secret of God was upon my tent;

Good News Translation
Those were the days when I was prosperous, and the friendship of God protected my home.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only I were in the prime of my life [again], when God was an adviser in my tent.

International Standard Version
like when I was in my prime and God trusted me with his secrets!

JPS Tanakh 1917
As I was in the days of my youth, When the converse of God was upon my tent;

Literal Standard Version
As I have been in days of my maturity, And the counsel of God on my tent.

NET Bible
just as I was in my most productive time, when God's intimate friendship was experienced in my tent,

New Heart English Bible
as I was in the ripeness of my days, when the friendship of God was in my tent,

World English Bible
as I was in the ripeness of my days, when the friendship of God was in my tent,

Young's Literal Translation
As I have been in days of my maturity, And the counsel of God upon my tent.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Former Blessings
3when His lamp shone above my head, and by His light I walked through the darkness, 4when I was in my prime, when the friendship of God rested on my tent, 5when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,…

Cross References
Job 15:8
Do you listen in on the council of God or limit wisdom to yourself?

Job 29:5
when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,

Psalm 25:14
The LORD confides in those who fear Him, and reveals His covenant to them.

Proverbs 3:32
for the LORD detests the perverse, but He is a friend to the upright.


Treasury of Scripture

As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was on my tabernacle;

the secret

Job 1:10
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Job 15:8
Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

Psalm 25:14
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.









(4) In the days of my youth.--Literally, my autumn: i.e., in the ripeness, maturity of my days. He was then in the depth of winter. (Comp. the words "in which it seemed always afternoon.") Some suppose, however, that as with the ancient and modern Jews the year began with the autumn, it is used much in the same way as we use spring.

The secret of God.--Or, the counsel of God.

Verse 4. - As I was in the days of my youth; literally, in the days of my autumn - by which Job probably means the days of his "ripeness" or "full manhood" - which he had reached when his calamities fell upon him. When the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; or, the counsel of God; when, i.e., in my tent I held sweet counsel with God, and communed with him as friend with friend (comp. Psalm 25:14, "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant;" and Proverbs 3:32, "For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous").

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
when
כַּאֲשֶׁ֣ר (ka·’ă·šer)
Preposition-k | Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

I was
הָ֭יִיתִי (hā·yî·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

in the days
בִּימֵ֣י (bî·mê)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3117: A day

of my youth,
חָרְפִּ֑י (ḥā·rə·pî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 2779: The crop gathered, the autumn, season, ripeness of age

when the friendship
בְּס֥וֹד (bə·sō·wḏ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5475: A session, company of persons, intimacy, consultation, a secret

of God
אֱ֝ל֗וֹהַּ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

rested on
עֲלֵ֣י (‘ă·lê)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

my tent,
אָהֳלִֽי׃ (’ā·ho·lî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 168: A tent


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