Job 29:1
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Job continued his discourse:

New Living Translation
Job continued speaking:

English Standard Version
And Job again took up his discourse, and said:

New American Standard Bible
And Job again took up his discourse and said,

King James Bible
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Job continued his discourse, saying:

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Then Job continued with his discourse:

NET Bible
Then Job continued his speech:

New Heart English Bible
Job again took up his parable, and said,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Job continued his poems and said,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Job again took up his parable, and said:

New American Standard 1977
And Job again took up his discourse and said,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Moreover, Job continued his parable and said,

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said,

American King James Version
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

American Standard Version
And Job again took up his parable, and said,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Job also added, taking up his parable, and said:

Darby Bible Translation
And Job continued his parable and said,

English Revised Version
And Job again took up his parable, and said,

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover, Job continued his parable, and said,

World English Bible
Job again took up his parable, and said,

Young's Literal Translation
And Job addeth to lift up his simile, and saith: --
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Job's Former Blessings
1And Job again took up his discourse and said, 2"Oh that I were as in months gone by, As in the days when God watched over me;…
Cross References
Numbers 23:7
He took up his discourse and said, "From Aram Balak has brought me, Moab's king from the mountains of the East, 'Come curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel!'

Numbers 24:3
He took up his discourse and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;

Job 13:12
"Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Job 27:1
Then Job continued his discourse and said,
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Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

continued. Heb. added to take up

Job 27:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

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(1) Job continued his parable.--In this chapter he recounts wistfully his past happiness. In his case it was indeed not without cause, though in point of fact he was then passing through a time of trial which was itself bringing fast on his time of deliverance, and which was to make his name famous throughout the world and in all time. And in most similar cases we have need to bear in mind the words of Solomon (Ecclesiastes 7:10): "Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this."

Verses 1-25. - From these deep musings upon the nature of true wisdom, and the contrast between the ingenuity and cleverness of man and the infinite knowledge of God, Job turns to another contrast, which he pursues through two chapters (ch. 29. and 30.) - the contrast between what he was and what he is - between his condition in the period of his prosperity and that to which he has been reduced by his afflictions. The present chapter is concerned only with the former period; and gives a graphic description of the life led, in Job's time and country, by a great chieftain, the head of a tribe, not of mere nomads, but of perseus who had attained to a considerable amount of civilization. The picture is one primitive in its features, but not rude or coarse. It is entirely un-Jewish, and has its nearest parallel in some of the early Egyptian records, as the Stele of Beka, and the Instructions of Amen-em-hat ('Records of the Past,' vol. 2. pp. 11-16; vol. 10. pp. 7-10). Verse 1. - Moreover Job continued his parable, and said (see the comment on Job 27:1). Moreover, Job continued his parable,.... Or "added to take it up" (q), that is, he took it up again, and went on with his discourse; he made a pause for awhile, waiting to observe whether any of his three friends would return an answer to what he had said; but perceiving they were not inclined to make any reply, he began again, and gave an account of his former life, in order to show that he was far from being the wicked man, or being so accounted by others, as his friends had represented him:

and said; as follows.

(q) "addidit assumere", Montanus, Bolducius, Mercerus; "addidit tollere", Drusius. CHAPTER 29

Job 29:1-25.

1. Job pauses for a reply. None being made, he proceeds to illustrate the mysteriousness of God's dealings, as set forth (Job 28:1-28) by his own case.29:1-6 Job proceeds to contrast his former prosperity with his present misery, through God's withdrawing from him. A gracious soul delights in God's smiles, not in the smiles of this world. Four things were then very pleasant to holy Job. 1. The confidence he had in the Divine protection. 2. The enjoyment he had of the Divine favour. 3. The communion he had with the Divine word. 4. The assurance he had of the Divine presence. God's presence with a man in his house, though it be but a cottage, makes it a castle and a palace. Then also he had comfort in his family. Riches and flourishing families, like a candle, may be soon extinguished. But when the mind is enlightened by the Holy Spirit, when a man walks in the light of God's countenance, every outward comfort is doubled, every trouble is diminished, and he may pass cheerfully by this light through life and through death. Yet the sensible comfort of this state is often withdrawn for a season; and commonly this arises from sinful neglect, and grieving the Holy Spirit: sometimes it may be a trial of a man's faith and grace. But it is needful to examine ourselves, to seek for the cause of such a change by fervent prayer, and to increase our watchfulness.
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