Job 29
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IV. Job’s Concluding Soliloquy (29:1-31:40)

Job Recalls His Former Condition

1Then Job continued his speech:

2“O that I could be as I was

in the months now gone,

in the days when God watched over me,

3when he caused his lamp

to shine upon my head,

and by his light

I walked through darkness;

4just as I was in my most productive time,

when God’s intimate friendship was experienced in my tent,

5when the Almighty was still with me

and my children were around me;

6when my steps were bathed with butter

and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil!

7When I went out to the city gate

and secured my seat in the public square,

8the young men would see me and step aside,

and the old men would get up and remain standing;

9the chief men refrained from talking

and covered their mouths with their hands;

10the voices of the nobles fell silent,

and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

Job’s Benevolence

11“As soon as the ear heard these things, it blessed me,

and when the eye saw them, it bore witness to me,

12for I rescued the poor who cried out for help,

and the orphan who had no one to assist him;

13the blessing of the dying man descended on me,

and I made the widow’s heart rejoice;

14I put on righteousness and it clothed me,

my just dealing was like a robe and a turban;

15I was eyes for the blind

and feet for the lame;

16I was a father to the needy,

and I investigated the case of the person I did not know;

17I broke the fangs of the wicked,

and made him drop his prey from his teeth.

Job’s Confidence

18“Then I thought, ‘I will die in my own home,

my days as numerous as the grains of sand.

19My roots reach the water,

and the dew lies on my branches all night long.

20My glory will always be fresh in me,

and my bow ever new in my hand.’

Job’s Reputation

21“People listened to me and waited silently;

they kept silent for my advice.

22After I had spoken, they did not respond;

my words fell on them drop by drop.

23They waited for me as people wait for the rain,

and they opened their mouths

as for the spring rains.

24If I smiled at them, they hardly believed it;

and they did not cause the light of my face to darken.

25I chose the way for them

and sat as their chief;

I lived like a king among his troops;

I was like one who comforts mourners.

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