Job 29:2
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New International Version
"How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,

New Living Translation
"I long for the years gone by when God took care of me,

English Standard Version
“Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me,

New American Standard Bible
"Oh that I were as in months gone by, As in the days when God watched over me;

King James Bible
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only I could be as in months gone by, in the days when God watched over me,

International Standard Version
"I wish I could go back to how things were a few months ago; when God used to watch over me,

NET Bible
"O that I could be as I was in the months now gone, in the days when God watched over me,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If only my life could be like it used to be, in the days when God watched over me,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Oh, that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

King James 2000 Bible
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

American King James Version
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

American Standard Version
Oh that I were as in the months of old, As in the days when God watched over me;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who will grant me, that I might be according to the months past, according to the days in which God kept me?

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when +God preserved me;

English Revised Version
Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;

Webster's Bible Translation
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

World English Bible
"Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;

Young's Literal Translation
Who doth make me as in months past, As in the days of God's preserving me?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Oh that I were as in months past! or, in the months of old. To Job the period of his prosperity seems long, long ago - some-thing far away in the mist of time, which he recalls with difficulty. As in the days when God preserved me. Job never forgets to refer his prosperity to God, or to be grateful to him for it (see Job 1:21; Job 2:10; Job 10:8-12, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Oh that I were as in months past,.... Which is either an earnest wish for restoration to his former state of outward prosperity; which he might desire, not through impatience and discontent under his present circumstances, or from a carnal and worldly spirit; but either that the present reproach he lay under from his friends might be taken off, he observing that they accounted him a wicked man and an hypocrite, because of his afflictions; wherefore he judged, if these were removed, and he was in as prosperous a condition and in as good circumstances as before, they would entertain a different opinion of him; or, that his words might be better attended to, as they were by men, both young and old, and even princes and nobles before, it being a common case, that what a poor and distressed man says is not regarded; or that he might be in a capacity of doing good to the poor and fatherless, the widow and the oppressed, as he had formerly; or, this wish is only made to introduce the account of his former life, by which it would appear, that he was not the man his friends had represented him to be, from the favour he was in with God, and from the respect shown him by men, and the many good things done by him: but since, by various expressions, which before had dropped from his lips, it appears, that he had no hope nor expectation of ever being restored to his former outward happiness; this may be considered as a wish for the return of spiritual prosperity, wishing he was in as good frames of soul, and as much in the exercise of grace, and was as holy, as humble, as spiritual, and heavenly minded, as he was when he had so much of the world about him; and that he had but the like communion with God, and his gracious presence with him, as he had then. The state of the Lord's people, God-ward, is always the same; his election of them stands sure; the covenant of grace with them is unalterable; their interest in a living Redeemer always continues; grace in them is a principle, permanent and perpetual; but there may be, and often is, an alteration in their frames, and in the exercise of their graces, and in the open regard of God unto them; their graces may be low in exercise; there may be a decay of the life and power of godliness; their frames may change, and the presence of God may be withdrawn from them, and they may have no view of interest in salvation, at least not have the joys of it; wherefore, when sensible of all this, may be desirous it might be with them as it was before; that God would turn them again, and cause his face to shine upon them, that they might be comfortable; the particulars of Job's former case follow, which he desires a renewal of:

as in the days when God preserved me; either in a temporal sense; God having set an hedge of special providence about him, whereby he and his, his family and substance, were remarkably preserved; but now this was plucked up, and all were exposed to ravage and ruin; or in a spiritual sense, as he was both secretly and openly preserved, and as all the Lord's people are, in Christ, and in his hands, and by his power, spirit, and grace: the Lord preserves their souls from the evil of their own hearts, sin that dwells in them, that it shall not have the dominion over them; from the evil that is in the world, that they shall not be overcome by it, and carried away with if; and from the temptations of Satan, so as not to be devoured and destroyed by him, and from a final and total falling away; he preserves them in his own ways, safe to his kingdom and glory; but sometimes all this does not appear so evident unto them, as it might not to Job at this time; who observed the workings of his corruption, and the breaking out of them, in passionate words, wishes, and curses, and the temptations of Satan, who was busy with him to go further lengths, even to blaspheme and curse God; so that he might fear that God his defence was departed from him, the return of which he was desirous of; see Isaiah 49:14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. preserved me—from calamity.

Job 29:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
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; 3When His lamp shone over my head, And by His light I walked through darkness;…
Cross References
Job 1:10
"Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.

Jeremiah 31:28
Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

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Psalm 37:28 For the LORD loves judgment, and forsakes not his saints; they are …

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