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,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that I were as in the months of old, As in the days when God watched over me;

New American Standard 1977
“Oh that I were as in months gone by,
            As 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?
Study Bible
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;…
Word Study

Oh that
nathan  (naw-than')
to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.)

I were as in months
yerach  (yeh'-rakh)
a lunation, i.e. month -- month, moon.

past
qedem  (keh'-dem)
the front, of place (absolutely, the fore part, relatively the East) or time (antiquity); often used adverbially (before, anciently, eastward)

as in the days
yowm  (yome)
a day (as the warm hours),

when God
'elowahh  (el-o'-ah)
a deity or the Deity -- God, god.

preserved
shamar  (shaw-mar')
to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Job 1:10
"Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Jeremiah 31:28
"As I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to overthrow, to destroy and to bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

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