Job 29:6
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New International Version
when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.

New Living Translation
My cows produced milk in abundance, and my groves poured out streams of olive oil.

English Standard Version
when my steps were washed with butter, and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!

New American Standard Bible
When my steps were bathed in butter, And the rock poured out for me streams of oil!

King James Bible
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when my feet were bathed in cream and the rock poured out streams of oil for me!

International Standard Version
I was successful wherever I went, and even the rocks poured out streams of olive oil for me."

NET Bible
when my steps were bathed with butter and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
my steps were bathed in buttermilk, and the rocks poured streams of olive oil on me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
when I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil!

King James 2000 Bible
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

American King James Version
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

American Standard Version
When my steps were washed with butter, And the rock poured me out streams of oil!

Douay-Rheims Bible
When I washed my feet with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil?

Darby Bible Translation
When my steps were bathed in milk, and the rock poured out beside me rivers of oil! ...

English Revised Version
When my steps were washed with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil!

Webster's Bible Translation
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

World English Bible
when my steps were washed with butter, and the rock poured out streams of oil for me,

Young's Literal Translation
When washing my goings with butter, And the firm rock is with me rivulets of oil.
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 6. - When I washed my steps with butter. Trod, as it were, upon fatness, moved amid all that was gladsome, joyful, and delicious. And the rock poured me out rivers of oil. "The rock" is probably the ground, rugged and stony, on which his olives grew. "Olives," says Dr. Cunningham Geikie, "flourish best on sandy or stony soil" ('The Holy Land and the Bible' vol. 1. p. 138) They brought him in so great a quantity of oil that the rock seemed to him to flow with rivers of it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When I washed my steps with butter,.... Not the steps of his house or palace; for to have done this, or his servants by his orders, as it would have been a very great impropriety, so a piece of great prodigality, which Job could never have been guilty of; but either his footsteps, the prints of his feet; and the sense be, that his cattle produced such a vast quantity of milk, that when his servants brought it from the fields to the dairy, their milk pails ran over in such abundance, that Job could not step out of his house, and take a walk in his fields, but he stepped into puddles of milk, of which butter was made: this is an exaggerated phrase, like that by which the land of Canaan is described as "flowing with milk and honey"; or rather this is to be understood of the washing of his feet, which are the instruments of stepping or walking. It was usual in those times, in the eastern countries, to wash their feet upon travelling, or at festivals; but then this was commonly done with water, not with butter, see Genesis 18:4; and the meaning can only be, that Job had such abundance of milk, or butter made of it, that he could, if he would, have washed his feet in it; indeed, they had used to anoint the feet with ointment; but whether cream or butter was any ingredient in it, and so the part is put for the whole, is not certain, see Luke 7:38, Job 12:3; besides, that would have been more properly expressed by anointing than washing; it seems to be an hyperbole, an expression like that of Zophar, in Job 20:17; signifying the vast abundance of the increase and produce of Job's kine; who is said to wash his feet in milk or butter, as Asher is said to dip his feet in oil, because of the great plenty of it, Deuteronomy 33:24; the spiritual meditation upon the words may be this; the feet of the best of saints need washing, there being many failings and infirmities in their walk and conversation; in which they gather much pollution and faith daily; the proper wash for this is the blood of Christ, of which the layer in the tabernacle and temple was a type, at which the priests washed their hands and feet; but the word of God, called the sincere milk of the word, is the instrument or means of washing, or of directing souls to the fountain opened to wash in; so that with respect to that, the feet of saints, as the eyes of Christ, may be said to be washed with milk:

and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; another hyperbolical expression, like that in Deuteronomy 32:13, where honey is said to be sucked out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock; as honey may be got out of a rock, because bees may make their nests and hives there, where it is laid up by them; so oil, in like manner, may be had from the flinty rock, olive trees growing on hills, mountains, and rocks, which yield oil in great abundance; near Jerusalem was a mount called Olivet, from thence: the land of Edom, or Idumea, where Job 54ed, abounded with cragged mountains and rocks; and there might be in Job's estate such on which olive trees grew in great plenty, as to produce vast quantities of oil: it is a very fanciful thought of Bolducius, that this rock was no other than a stone vessel, in which was oil, somewhat like the alabaster box in Matthew 26:7; and which was plentifully poured on Job, when he was anointed high priest; and another learned man (u), though he rejects the notion of its being a vessel for sacred use, yet is willing to allow it was an oil vessel for common use: as to the spiritual sense, it may be observed, that a rock in Scripture often signifies a divine Person, 1 Corinthians 10:4; it is an emblem of Christ, as oil also is of the Spirit of God and his grace, Matthew 25:3; and which flows from Christ, who is full thereof, and that in such great abundance, as to be expressed by rivers; see John 1:14.

(u) Fortunat. Schacch. Elaeochrysm. Myroth. l. 2. c. 79. p. 715.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. butter—rather, "cream," literally, "thick milk." Wherever I turned my steps, the richest milk and oil flowed in to me abundantly. Image from pastoral life.

When I washed my steps—Literal washing of the feet in milk is not meant, as the second clause shows; Margin, "with me," that is, "near" my path, wherever I walked (De 32:13). Olives amidst rocks yield the best oil. Oil in the East is used for food, light, anointing, and medicine.

Job 29:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Former Blessings
5When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were around me; 6When my steps were bathed in butter, And the rock poured out for me streams of oil! 7"When I went out to the gate of the city, When I took my seat in the square,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:13
He made him ride on the heights of the land and fed him with the fruit of the fields. He nourished him with honey from the rock, and with oil from the flinty crag,

Deuteronomy 32:14
with curds and milk from herd and flock and with fattened lambs and goats, with choice rams of Bashan and the finest kernels of wheat. You drank the foaming blood of the grape.

Deuteronomy 33:24
About Asher he said: "Most blessed of sons is Asher; let him be favored by his brothers, and let him bathe his feet in oil.

Job 20:17
He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.

Job 29:5
when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,

Psalm 81:16
But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
Treasury of Scripture

When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

I washed

Job 20:17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.

Genesis 49:11 Binding his foal to the vine, and his ass's colt to the choice vine; …

Deuteronomy 32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat …

Deuteronomy 33:24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him …

Psalm 81:16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with …

me out. Heb. with me

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