Job 29
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1Job continued his discourse:1Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
2"How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,2Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;
3when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness!3When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;
4Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship blessed my house,4As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
5when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,5When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;
6when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.6When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
7"When I went to the gate of the city and took my seat in the public square,7When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!
8the young men saw me and stepped aside and the old men rose to their feet;8The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.
9the chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;9The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
10the voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.10The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
11Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,11When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
12because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.12Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
13The one who was dying blessed me; I made the widow's heart sing.13The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
15I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.15I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
16I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.16I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
17I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.17And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
18"I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.18Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.
19My roots will reach to the water, and the dew will lie all night on my branches.19My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
20My glory will not fade; the bow will be ever new in my hand.'20My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
21"People listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.21Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
22After I had spoken, they spoke no more; my words fell gently on their ears.22After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.
23They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.23And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
24When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.24If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
25I 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.25I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
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