Job 29
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1Job continued his discourse:1And Job again took up his discourse and said,
2"How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,2"Oh that I were as in months gone by, As in the days when God watched over me;
3when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness!3When His lamp shone over my head, And 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 prime of my days, When the friendship of God was over my tent;
5when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,5When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were around me;
6when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.6When my steps were bathed in butter, And the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
7"When I went to the gate of the city and took my seat in the public square,7"When I went out to the gate of the city, When I took my seat in the square,
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 old men arose and stood.
9the chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;9"The princes stopped talking And put their hands on their mouths;
10the voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.10The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to their palate.
11Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,11"For when the ear heard, it called me blessed, And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,
12because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.12Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper.
13The one who was dying blessed me; I made the widow's heart sing.13"The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, And I made the widow's heart sing for joy.
14I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.14"I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban.
15I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.15"I was eyes to the blind And feet to the lame.
16I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.16"I was a father to the needy, And I investigated the case which I did not know.
17I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.17"I broke the jaws of the wicked And snatched the prey from his teeth.
18"I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.18"Then I thought, '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.19'My root is spread out to the waters, And dew lies all night on my branch.
20My glory will not fade; the bow will be ever new in my hand.'20My glory is ever new with me, And my bow is renewed in my hand.'
21"People listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.21"To me they listened and waited, And kept silent for my counsel.
22After I had spoken, they spoke no more; my words fell gently on their ears.22"After my words they did not speak again, And my speech dropped on them.
23They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.23"They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.
24When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.24"I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast 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.25"I chose a way for them and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who comforted the mourners.
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