Job 29:4
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New International Version
Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship blessed my house,

New Living Translation
When I was in my prime, God's friendship was felt in my home.

English Standard Version
as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent,

New American Standard Bible
As I was in the prime of my days, When the friendship of God was over my tent;

King James Bible
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would be as I was in the days of my youth when God's friendship rested on my tent,

International Standard Version
like when I was in my prime and God trusted me with his secrets!

NET Bible
just as I was in my most productive time, when God's intimate friendship was experienced in my tent,

New Heart English Bible
as I was in the ripeness of my days, when the friendship of God was in my tent,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only I were in the prime of my life [again], when God was an adviser in my tent.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As I was in the days of my youth, When the converse of God was upon my tent;

New American Standard 1977
As I was in the prime of my days,
            When the friendship of God was over my tent;

Jubilee Bible 2000
as I was in the days of my youth, when God was familiar in my tent;

King James 2000 Bible
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tent;

American King James Version
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was on my tabernacle;

American Standard Version
As I was in the ripeness of my days, When the friendship of God was upon my tent;

Douay-Rheims Bible
As I was in the days of my youth, when God was secretly in my tabernacle?

Darby Bible Translation
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret counsel of +God was over my tent,

English Revised Version
As I was in the ripeness of my days, when the secret of God was upon my tent;

Webster's Bible Translation
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

World English Bible
as I was in the ripeness of my days, when the friendship of God was in my tent,

Young's Literal Translation
As I have been in days of my maturity, And the counsel of God upon my tent.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
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; 5When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were around me;…
Cross References
Job 15:8
"Do you hear the secret counsel of God, And limit wisdom to yourself?

Job 29:5
When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were around me;

Psalm 25:14
The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.

Proverbs 3:32
For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.
Treasury of Scripture

As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was on my tabernacle;

the secret

Job 1:10 Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about …

Job 15:8 Have you heard the secret of God? and do you restrain wisdom to yourself?

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show …

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the …

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under …

Proverbs 3:32 For the fraudulent is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is …

Colossians 3:3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

(4) In the days of my youth.--Literally, my autumn: i.e., in the ripeness, maturity of my days. He was then in the depth of winter. (Comp. the words "in which it seemed always afternoon.") Some suppose, however, that as with the ancient and modern Jews the year began with the autumn, it is used much in the same way as we use spring.

The secret of God.--Or, the counsel of God.

Verse 4. - As I was in the days of my youth; literally, in the days of my autumn - by which Job probably means the days of his "ripeness" or "full manhood" - which he had reached when his calamities fell upon him. When the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; or, the counsel of God; when, i.e., in my tent I held sweet counsel with God, and communed with him as friend with friend (comp. Psalm 25:14, "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant;" and Proverbs 3:32, "For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous"). As I was in the days of my youth,.... Either taken literally, he being one like Obadiah, that feared God from his youth upward, 1 Kings 18:3; or figuratively, for his former state of prosperity, when he was like a tree in autumn laden with ripe and rich fruit, and in great abundance; and so some render the words "in the days of my autumn", or "autumnity" (r); though it may respect the time of his first conversion, the infancy and youth of his spiritual state, who, when first regenerated, was as a newborn babe, and then became a young man, and now a father in Christ, his living Redeemer: and Job wishes it was with him as in his youth, or in the early days of his conversion, at which season, generally speaking, there are great zeal and fervency of spirit, a flow of love and affection to God and the best things; large discoveries of his love, much sensible communion with him, and enjoyment of his presence; wherefore such returning seasons are desirable; see Jeremiah 2:2;

when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; either the secret power and providence of God, which was upon his house and family, and all that belonged to him; or the secret of his love, which was manifested to him, and is from everlasting to everlasting on them that fear the Lord, as Job did; who had secret communion with God, his fellowship was with him; he dwelt in the secret place of the Almighty, and was taken into his secret chambers, where he had the greatest familiarity with him, see Psalm 25:14. Some observe the word for "secret" is used for an "assembly" (s), and take the sense to be, that the assembly of the saints and people of God was in his tabernacle or house; there they met together for religious worship, and where Job had often a comfortable opportunity, and wishes for the same again, see Psalm 42:1.

(r) "in autumno dierum mearum", Hottinger. Thesaur. Phiolog. p. 507. "in diebus autumnitatis meae", Schultens; so the word signifies in Arabic, vid. Golium, col. 1415. Lud. Capell. in loc. (s) "in societate Dei", Pagninus, Beza; "societas Dei", i.e. "con gregatio", Bolducius; so Jarchi. 4. youth—literally, "autumn"; the time of the ripe fruits of my prosperity. Applied to youth, as the Orientalists began their year with autumn, the most temperate season in the East.

secret—when the intimate friendship of God rested on my tent (Pr 3:32; Ps 31:20; Ge 18:17; Joh 15:15). The Hebrew often means a divan for deliberation.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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