Job 29:3
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New International Version
when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness!

New Living Translation
when he lit up the way before me and I walked safely through the darkness.

English Standard Version
when his lamp shone upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,

New American Standard Bible
When His lamp shone over my head, And by His light I walked through darkness;

King James Bible
When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when His lamp shone above my head, and I walked through darkness by His light!

International Standard Version
when his lamp used to shine over my head, so I could walk through the dark,

NET Bible
when he caused his lamp to shine upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness;

New Heart English Bible
when his lamp shone on my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when he made his lamp shine on my head, when I walked through the dark in his light.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When His lamp shined above my head, And by His light I walked through darkness;

New American Standard 1977
When His lamp shone over my head,
            And by His light I walked through darkness;

Jubilee Bible 2000
when his lamp shone upon my head, and by its light I walked in the darkness;

King James 2000 Bible
When his lamp shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

American King James Version
When his candle shined on my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

American Standard Version
When his lamp shined upon my head, And by his light I walked through darkness;

Douay-Rheims Bible
When his lamp shined over my head, and I walked by his light in darkness?

Darby Bible Translation
When his lamp shone over my head, [and] by his light I walked through darkness;

English Revised Version
When his lamp shined upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness;

Webster's Bible Translation
When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

World English Bible
when his lamp shone on my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,

Young's Literal Translation
In His causing His lamp to shine on my head, By His light I walk through darkness.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
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; 4As I was in the prime of my days, When the friendship of God was over my tent;…
Cross References
Job 11:17
"Your life would be brighter than noonday; Darkness would be like the morning.

Job 18:6
"The light in his tent is darkened, And his lamp goes out above him.

Proverbs 13:9
The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out.
Treasury of Scripture

When his candle shined on my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

candle. or, lamp

Job 18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be …

Job 21:17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft comes their …

Psalm 18:28 For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoices: but the lamp of the wicked shall …

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out …

Proverbs 24:20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked …

by his light

Job 22:28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you: …

Psalm 4:6 There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you …

Psalm 23:4 Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will …

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD …

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and …

Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: …

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should …

Ephesians 5:8,14 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: …

(3) When his candle shined.--See Isaiah 1:10.

Verse 3. - When his candle shined upon my head (comp. Psalm 18:28, "For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness"). A "candle," or "lamp," is a general symbol in Scripture for life and prosperity. God is said to light men's candles when he blesses them and maizes his countenance to shine upon them; conversely, when he withdraws his favour he is said to put their candles out (Job 18:6; Job 21:17). And when by his light I walked through darkness. The light of God's countenance shining about a man's path enables him to walk securely even through thick darkness, i.e. through trouble and perplexity. When his candle shined upon my head,.... Which may be understood either of outward prosperity, sometimes signified by a candle, Job 18:5; and may be called the candle of the Lord, because it is from him, it is of his lighting and setting up; and its shining on his head may denote the large measure and degree of it possessed by him, in allusion to torches carried on high to light with; or lamps, or candles, set up in the higher part of the house to give the more light; or to the sun in the firmament, and especially when in its meridian, and shines clearest right over our heads, and casts no shadow: or else it may be understood of light in a figurative sense, not of the light of nature in men, which, though called the candle of the Lord, Proverbs 20:27; yet, in man's fallen state, shines not clearly; and with respect to this there was no difference in Job than heretofore; but rather it is the light of grace, the true light, which had shone upon him and in him, but now not so clearly as formerly, and as he could wish for; or else the word of God, which is a light unto the feet, and a lamp to the path; or it may be, best of all, the favour of God, the light of his countenance he had before enjoyed, having had a comfortable display of his love, a clear view of interest in it, and had the blessings of it bestowed upon him, and enjoyed by him; and nothing was more desirable by him, as is by every good man, than the return of the light of God's countenance; and that he might be remembered with his special favour, as his people are, and as he had been in times past:

and when by his light I walked through darkness; that is, either by the light of outward prosperity he had escaped those calamities, distresses, and dangers, and got over those difficulties which attended others, though now surrounded with them; or by the light of divine grace, or of the word of God, and especially by and in the light of God's countenance, he walked cheerfully and comfortably, without any fear of the darkness of affliction and calamities, or of the dark valley of the shadow of death, or of the prince of darkness, or of the darkness of hell and damnation; but now clouds of darkness being about him, and he without the light of God's countenance, could not see the way in which he walked and therefore wished that that again might be lifted up upon him. 3. candle—when His favor shone on me (see on [526]Job 18:6 and [527]Ps 18:28).

darkness—By His safeguard I passed secure through dangers. Perhaps alluding to the lights carried before caravans in nightly travels through deserts [Noyes].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.
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