New International Version
I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I dwelt as a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.
King James Bible
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
Darby Bible Translation
I chose their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth mourners.
World English Bible
I chose out their way, and sat as chief. I lived as a king in the army, as one who comforts the mourners.
Young's Literal Translation
I choose their way, and sit head, And I dwell as a king in a troop, When mourners he doth comfort.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I chose out their way, and sat chief - as a king in the army - I cannot see, with some learned men, that our version of the original is wrong. I have not seen it mended, and I am sure I cannot improve it. The whole verse seems to me to point out Job in his civil, military, and domestic life. As supreme magistrate he chose out their way, adjusted their differences, and sat chief, presiding in all their civil assemblies. As captain general he dwelt as a king in the midst of his troops, preserving order and discipline, and seeing that his fellow soldiers were provided with requisites for their warfare, and the necessaries of life. As a man he did not think himself superior to the meanest offices in domestic life, to relieve or support his fellow creatures; he went about comforting the mourners - visiting the sick and afflicted, and ministering to their wants, and seeing that the wounded were properly attended. Noble Job! Look at him, ye nobles of the earth, ye lieutenants of counties, ye generals of armies, and ye lords of provinces. Look at Job! Imitate his active benevolence, and be healthy and happy. Be as guardian angels in your particular districts, blessing all by your example and your bounty. Send your hunting horses to the plough, your game cocks to the dunghill; and at last live like men and Christians.
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LibraryComfort for the Desponding
At once to the subject. A complaint; its cause and cure; and then close up with an exhortation to stir up your pure minds, if you are in such a position. I. First, there is a COMPLAINT. How many a Christian looks on the past with pleasure, on the future with dread, and on the present with sorrow! There are many who look back upon the days that they have passed in the fear of the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever had, but as to the present, it is clad in a sable garb of gloom …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855
The Case of the Christian under the Hiding of God's Face.
No Sorrow Like Messiah's Sorrow
and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.
But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.
I would give him an account of my every step; I would present it to him as to a ruler.)--
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