Job 29:12
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New International Version
because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.

New Living Translation
For I assisted the poor in their need and the orphans who required help.

English Standard Version
because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him.

New American Standard Bible
Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper.

King James Bible
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I rescued the poor man who cried out for help, and the fatherless child who had no one to support him.

International Standard Version
because I delivered the poor who were crying for help, along with orphans who had no one to help them.

NET Bible
for I rescued the poor who cried out for help, and the orphan who had no one to assist him;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because I rescued the poor who called [for help] and the orphans who had no one to help them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
because I delivered the poor that cried and the fatherless who had no one to help him.

King James 2000 Bible
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

American King James Version
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

American Standard Version
Because I delivered the poor that cried, The fatherless also, that had none to help him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because I had delivered the poor man that cried out; and the fatherless that had no helper.

Darby Bible Translation
For I delivered the afflicted that cried, and the fatherless who had no helper.

English Revised Version
Because I delivered the poor that cried, the fatherless also, that had none to help him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

World English Bible
Because I delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless also, who had none to help him,

Young's Literal Translation
For I deliver the afflicted who is crying, And the fatherless who hath no helper.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Because I delivered the poor that cried (compare the Instructions of Amen-em-hat: "Because I have made the afflicted ones free from their afflictions, so that their cries are heard no more" ('Records of the Past,' vol. 2 p. 12). And again the Inscription of Ameni-Amenemha: "No little child have I injured; no widow have I oppressed; no fisherman have I hindered; no shepherd have I detained; no foreman have I taken from his gang to employ him in forced labour" (ibid., vol. 12:63). And the fatherless, and him that had none to help him (compare what is said of the ideal king in Psalm 72:12-14," He shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall sabre the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight"). Championship of the poor was anciently regarded as characteristic of the wise, good, strong ruler.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Because I delivered the poor that cried,.... This honour and esteem he had not because of his grandeur and riches, because of his worldly wealth and substance, but because of the goodness of his disposition, and because of the good he did to men, his acts of pity and compassion to the poor, and of the justice he did to all men; the poor and the afflicted, when they cried to him for help, he delivered them out of the hands of their oppressors:

and the fatherless; the care and defence of which belongs to judges and civil magistrates, see Psalm 82:1;

and him that had none to help him; as the poor and fatherless seldom have; there is power on the side of the oppressors of them, but they have few or none to take their parts, and to be their comforters, Ecclesiastes 4:1; in these instances Job imitated God, and was a follower of him, as a dear child of his; who, when this and the other poor man cries unto him, he hears, saves, and delivers out of all their troubles; he is the helper, yea, the father of the fatherless, and the judge of the widow; and, when there is no help from men, he is a present help in times of need.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12-17. The grounds on which Job was praised (Job 29:11), his helping the afflicted (Ps 72:12) who cried to him for help, as a judge, or as one possessed of means of charity. Translate: "The fatherless who had none to help him."

Job 29:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Former Blessings
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. 13"The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, And I made the widow's heart sing for joy.…
Cross References
Job 24:4
They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.

Job 24:9
The fatherless child is snatched from the breast; the infant of the poor is seized for a debt.

Job 31:17
if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless--

Job 31:21
if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,

Job 34:28
They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.

Psalm 72:12
For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.

Psalm 82:4
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 88:4
I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength.

Proverbs 21:13
Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.

Proverbs 31:8
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Treasury of Scripture

Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

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Proverbs 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry …

Proverbs 24:11,12 If you forbear to deliver them that are drawn to death, and those …

Jeremiah 22:16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with …

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Deuteronomy 10:18 He does execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loves …

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