Job 29:11
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New International Version
Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,

New Living Translation
"All who heard me praised me. All who saw me spoke well of me.

English Standard Version
When the ear heard, it called me blessed, and when the eye saw, it approved,

New American Standard Bible
"For when the ear heard, it called me blessed, And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,

King James Bible
When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they heard me, they blessed me, and when they saw me, they spoke well of me.

International Standard Version
"When people heard me speak, they blessed me; when people saw me, they approved me,

NET Bible
"As soon as the ear heard these things, it blessed me, and when the eye saw them, it bore witness to me,

New Heart English Bible
For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it commended me:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"[Any] ears that heard me blessed me. [Any] eyes that saw me spoke well of me,

JPS Tanakh 1917
For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me, And when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me;

New American Standard 1977
“For when the ear heard, it called me blessed;
            And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the ears that heard me, called me blessed; and when the eyes that saw me, gave witness to me:

King James 2000 Bible
When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

American King James Version
When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

American Standard Version
For when the ear heard me , then it blessed me; And when the eye saw me , it gave witness unto me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ear that heard me blessed me, and the eye that saw me gave witness to me:

Darby Bible Translation
When the ear heard [me], then it blessed me, and when the eye saw [me], it gave witness to me;

English Revised Version
For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me:

Webster's Bible Translation
When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

World English Bible
For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it commended me:

Young's Literal Translation
For the ear heard, and declareth me happy, And the eye hath seen, and testifieth to me.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
10The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to their palate. 11"For when the ear heard, it called me blessed, And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me, 12Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper.…
Cross References
Job 4:3
"Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.

Job 4:4
"Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees.
Treasury of Scripture

When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

the ear

Job 31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with …

Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when …

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which …

Luke 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman of …

(11) When the ear heard me, then it blessed me.--This is a direct negative to the charges of Eliphaz in Job 22:6, &c. He has felt them too deeply to pass them by in total silence.

Verse 11. - When the ear heard me, then it blessed me. Job, having described his reception by the nobles and chief men of the city, proceeds to speak of the behaviour of the common people. The former were respectful and attent, the latter rejoiced and made acclamation. Being of the class most exposed to oppression and wrong, they hailed in the patriarch a champion and a protector. They were sure of redress and justice where he was the judge. And when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me. The eye of the poor man lighted up with joy and rejoicing as Job sat down upon the seat of judgment, thus hearing witness to his fairness, candour, and integrity. When the ear heard me, then it blessed me,.... The ear of the common people assembled together to hear causes tried, and how they would go; when they heard Job give his opinion in court, or the definitive sentence passed by him as a judge, they all applauded his wisdom and justice; they highly praised and commended him; in which sense the word "blessed" is used, Proverbs 31:28; or they wished a blessing on him; they prayed for his welfare, as it becomes people to do for those that are in authority, especially wise and faithful magistrates; or they accounted him a blessed man, and called him so, Luke 1:48; as he was, both in a temporal sense, being blessed with a great plenty of earthly things, and also blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ, with an abundance of grace, and with a title to eternal glory; as well as he was blessed as a magistrate, with great wisdom, and with great integrity and uprightness in the discharge of his office:

and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: of his gracefulness and gravity, of his honesty and faithfulness, of his good behaviour among his neighbours, and of his wise conduct in the courts of judicature. 11. blessed—extolled my virtues (Pr 31:28). Omit "me" after "heard"; whoever heard of me (in general, not in the market place, Job 29:7-10) praised me.

gave witness—to my honorable character. Image from a court of justice (Lu 4:22).

the eye—that is, "face to face"; antithesis to

ear—that is, report of me.29:7-17 All sorts of people paid respect to Job, not only for the dignity of his rank, but for his personal merit, his prudence, integrity, and good management. Happy the men who are blessed with such gifts as these! They have great opportunities of honouring God and doing good, but have great need to watch against pride. Happy the people who are blessed with such men! it is a token for good to them. Here we see what Job valued himself by, in the day of his prosperity. It was by his usefulness. He valued himself by the check he gave to the violence of proud and evil men. Good magistrates must thus be a restraint to evil-doers, and protect the innocent; in order to this, they should arm themselves with zeal and resolution. Such men are public blessings, and resemble Him who rescues poor sinners from Satan. How many who were ready to perish, now are blessing Him! But who can show forth His praises? May we trust in His mercy, and seek to imitate His truth, justice, and love.
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