Job 29:25
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New International Version
I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I dwelt as a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.

New Living Translation
Like a chief, I told them what to do. I lived like a king among his troops and comforted those who mourned.

English Standard Version
I chose their way and sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

New American Standard Bible
"I chose a way for them and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who comforted the mourners.

King James Bible
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I directed their course and presided as chief. I lived as a king among his troops, like one who comforts those who mourn.

International Standard Version
I set an example of the way to live, as a leader would; I lived like a king among his army; like one who comforts mourners."

NET Bible
I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I lived like a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.

New Heart English Bible
I chose out their way, and sat as chief. I lived as a king in the army, as one who comforts the mourners.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I decided how they should live. I sat as their leader. I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I chose out their way, and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king in the army, As one that comforteth the mourners.

New American Standard 1977
“I chose a way for them and sat as chief,
            And dwelt as a king among the troops,
            As one who comforted the mourners.



Jubilee Bible 2000
I approved their way and sat at the head and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.

King James 2000 Bible
I chose out their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt like a king in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.

American King James Version
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelled as a king in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.

American Standard Version
I chose out their way, and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king in the army, As one that comforteth the mourners.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I had a mind to go to them, I sat first, and when I sat as a king, with his army standing about him, yet I was a comforter of them that mourned.

Darby Bible Translation
I chose their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth mourners.

English Revised Version
I chose out their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

Webster's Bible Translation
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

World English Bible
I chose out their way, and sat as chief. I lived as a king in the army, as one who comforts the mourners.

Young's Literal Translation
I choose their way, and sit head, And I dwell as a king in a troop, When mourners he doth comfort.

Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
24"I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down. 25"I chose a way for them and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who comforted the mourners.
Cross References
Job 1:3
His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

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

Job 16:5
"I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

Job 29:24
"I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.

Job 31:37
"I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.
Treasury of Scripture

I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelled as a king in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.

chose out

Genesis 41:40 You shall be over my house, and according to your word shall all …

Judges 11:8 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, Therefore we turn again …

2 Samuel 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were he that led …

1 Chronicles 13:1-4 And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, …

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Genesis 14:14-17 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed …

Deuteronomy 33:5 And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the …

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Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands…

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees…

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

2 Corinthians 1:3,4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father …

2 Corinthians 7:5-7 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but …

1 Thessalonians 3:2,3 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow …

(25) I sat.--It is still the custom among the Jews for mourners to sit upon the ground and for one who wishes to console them to occupy a seat above them. Such is Job's pathetic lamentation over the days that were gone. He appears before us as a conspicuous example of one who had worn the poet's crown of sorrow in the remembrance of happier things in time of sorrow. He is the type and representative of suffering humanity, of man waiting for redemption, but as yet unredeemed. It is in this way that he points us on to Christ, who, Himself the Redeemer, went through all the sorrows of sinful and unredeemed humanity. He is able to describe his former state and all its glory and bliss, while his friends are constrained to listen in silence. They have said their worst, they have aspersed and maligned his character, but they have not silenced him; he is able to make the most complete vindication of all his past life, to contrast its happiness with the present contempt and contumely of it, so much owing to them and their heartless, unsympathetic treatment of him, while they can make no reply.

Verse 25. - I chose out their way, and sat chief. Though not an absolute monarch, but only a patriarchal head, I practically determined the course which the tribe took, since my advice was always followed. I thus "sat chief" - nay, dwelt as a king in the army (or, in the host i.e. among the people), as one that comforteth the mourners; i.e. as one to whom all looked for comfort in times of distress and calamity, as much as for counsel and guidance at other times (vers. 21-23).



I chose out their way,.... When his friends and neighbours came to him for advice in things civil, he marked out their way for them, directed what steps to take, what methods to pursue for their good; they desired him to choose for them, preferring his judgment to theirs, and were determined to abide by his choice of ways and means, and to follow his counsel; and in religious matters, he instructed them in their duty, both towards God and men, and proposed unto them what was most eligible, both with respect to doctrine and practice;

and sat chief; in all their public assemblies; he presided in their councils and courts of judicature; and when met together for religious worship, he sat in the chair of the teacher, and instructed them; he was chief speaker, as the Heathens said of the Apostle Paul, Acts 14:12;

and dwelt as a king in the army, or "troop" (k). Mr. Broughton renders it with a garrison; Job was surrounded with multitudes of persons, that waited upon him on one account or another, who were ready to receive his words, and be obedient to them, as a king or general in the midst of an army, surrounded by his general officers, and the whole army encamped about him, doing him honour, and ready to obey whatever commands or instructions he should give them; some conclude from hence that Job was really a king, as being not a note of similitude, but of truth and reality, as in Matthew 14:2; and so he might be; for in those times and countries every city almost had its king; though this is not necessarily supposed here; for the phrase seems only to denote the authority and influence Job had over men by his advice and instruction, which were as much regarded as from a king; and the majesty he appeared in, and the reverence in which he was had:

as one that comforteth the mourners: which some restrain to the king in his army, and connect them therewith thus, "when he comforteth the mourners" (l); the soldiers mourning for some loss sustained, and slaughter made among them; whose minds the king or general by a set speech endeavours to cheer, and comfort, and allay their fears, and animate them to intrepidity and fortitude, when all eyes are upon him and attentive to him; and so attentive were Job's hearers to him. Bar Tzemach observes, that the copulative or "and", is wanting, and so is a clause by itself, and expresses something distinct from the forager, and may be supplied, "and I was as one that comforteth the mourners"; as a wise man that comforteth them, as Aben Ezra explains it; like one that made it his business to visit mourners in affliction, on account of the death of a relation, and the like: see Job 11:19; and speaks comfortable words to them, to support them under their sorrow; when such an one used to speak alone, and all stood silent before him, and attentive to him; and in a like position was Job, when he gave his instructions to those about him; and he was, no doubt, a comforter of mourners himself, being either in temporal afflictions, or in spiritual troubles; comforted those that were cast down in either sense, and was a type of Christ, who was appointed to comfort all that mourn in Zion.

(k) "in agmine", Montanus, Bolducius; "in turma", Mercerus, Drusius, Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens. (l) "quando", Junius & Tremellius, Drusius; "quum vel quando", Schmidt. 25. I chose out their way—that is, I willingly went up to their assembly (from my country residence, Job 29:7).

in the army—as a king supreme in the midst of his army.

comforteth the mourners—Here again Job unconsciously foreshadows Jesus Christ (Isa 61:2, 3). Job's afflictions, as those of Jesus Christ, were fitting him for the office hereafter (Isa 50:4; Heb 2:18). 29:18-25 Being thus honoured and useful, Job had hoped to die in peace and honour, in a good old age. If such an expectation arise from lively faith in the providence and promise of God, it is well; but if from conceit of our own wisdom, and dependence on changeable, earthly things, it is ill grounded, and turns to sin. Every one that has the spirit of wisdom, has not the spirit of government; but Job had both. Yet he had the tenderness of a comforter. This he thought upon with pleasure, when he was himself a mourner. Our Lord Jesus is a King who hates iniquity, and upon whom the blessing of a world ready to perish comes. To Him let us give ear.
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