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

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

Darby Bible Translation
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret counsel of +God was over 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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The days of my youth - The original word rather means in the days of my winter, חרפי charpi, from חרף charaph, "to strip or make bare." Mr. Harmer supposes the rainy season is intended, when the fields, etc., parched up by long drought, are revived by the plentiful showers. Mr. Good thinks the word as found in the Arabic, which means top or summit, and which he translates perfection, is that which should be preferred. Others think the autumnal state is meant, when he was loaded with prosperity, as the trees are with ripe fruit.

The secret of God was upon my tabernacle - בסוד אלוה besod Eloah, "the secret assembly of God," meaning probably the same thing that is spoken of in the beginning of this book, the sons of God, the devout people, presenting themselves before God. It is not unlikely that such a secret assembly of God Job had in his own house; where he tells us, in the next verse, "The Almighty was with him, and his children were about him." Mr. Good translates differently: When God fortified my tent over me; supposing that the Hebrew סוד sod is the Arabic sud, "a barrier or fortification." Either will make a good sense.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the secret

Job 1:10 Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side?...

Job 15:8 Have you heard the secret of God? and do you restrain wisdom to yourself?

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

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me...

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Proverbs 3:32 For the fraudulent is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

Colossians 3:3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Comfort 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.
1. The phrase scriptural.--2. It signifies the withdrawing the tokens of the divine favor.--3 chiefly as to spiritual considerations.--4. This may become the case of any Christian.--5. and will be found a very sorrowful one.--6. The following directions, therefore, are given to those who suppose it to be their own: To inquire whether it be indeed a case of spiritual distress, or whether a disconsolate frame may not proceed from indisposition of body,--7. or difficulties as to worldly circumstances.--8,
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

No Sorrow Like Messiah's Sorrow
Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Behold, and see, if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow! A lthough the Scriptures of the Old Testament, the law of Moses, the Psalms, and the Prophecies (Luke 24:44) , bear an harmonious testimony to MESSIAH ; it is not necessary to suppose that every single passage has an immediate and direct relation to Him. A method of exposition has frequently obtained [frequently been in vogue], of a fanciful and allegorical cast [contrivance], under the pretext
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 15:8
Do you listen in on God's council? Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?

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; he makes his covenant known to them.

Proverbs 3:32
For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.

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