Job 29:20
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English Standard Version
my glory fresh with me, and my bow ever new in my hand.’

King James Bible
My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

American Standard Version
My glory is fresh in me, And my bow is renewed in my hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My glory shall always be renewed, and my bow in my hand shall be repaired.

English Revised Version
My glory is fresh in me, and my bow is renewed in my hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The blessing (בּרכּת with closely closed penult.) of those who stood on the brink of destruction (אובד, interiturus, as Job 31:19; Proverbs 31:6), and owed their rescue to him, came upon him; and the heart of the widow to whom he gave assistance, compensating for the assistance of her lost husband, he filled with gladness (הרנין causative, as Psalm 65:9). For the primary attribute, the fundamental character of his way of thinking and acting, was צדק, a holding fast to the will of God, which before everything else calls for sympathizing love (root צדק, Arab. ṣdq, to be hard, firm, stiff, e.g., rumh-un sadq-un, according to the Kamus: a hard, firm, straight spear), and משׁפּט, judgment and decision in favour of right and equity against wrong and injustice. Righteousness is here called the garment which he put on (as Psalm 132:9, comp. Isaiah 11:5; Isaiah 59:17), and right is the robe and turban with which he adorns himself (comp. Isaiah 61:10); as by Arabian poets noble attributes are also called garments, which God puts on any one, or which any one puts on himself (albasa).

(Note: In Beidhwi, if I remember rightly, this expression occurs once, Arab. 'l-tdrr‛ blbls 'l-tqwy, i.e., "clothing one's self in the armour of the fear of God.")

Righteousness is compared to the לבושׁ (corresponding to the thob, i.e., garment, indusium, of the nomads) which is worn on the naked body, justice to the צניף, a magnificent turban (corresponding to the kefije, consisting of a thick cotton cloth, and fastened with a cord made of camel's hair), and the magnificent robe (corresponding to the second principal article of clothing, the ‛abâ). The lxx, Jer., Syr., and Arab. wrongly refer ויּלבּשׁני to משׁפטי of the second half of the verse, while, on the contrary, it is said of צדק, per antanaclasin, that Job put this on, and this in turn put Job on, induit; for וילבשׁני, as the usage of the language, as we have it, elsewhere shows, does not signify: it (righteousness) clothed me well (Umbr.), or: adorned me (Ew., Vaih.), also not: it dressed me out (Schlottm.), but only: it put me on as a garment, i.e., it made me so its own, that my whole appearance was the representation of itself, as in Judges 6:34 and twice in the Chronicles, of the Spirit of Jehovah it is said that He puts on any one, induit, when He makes any one the organ of His own manifestation.

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Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

Job 19:9 He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

Genesis 45:13 And you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen...

Psalm 3:3 But you, O LORD, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

fresh. Heb. new. my bow

Genesis 49:24 But his bow stayed in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob...

renewed. Heb. changed

Psalm 103:5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary...

2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Cross References
Genesis 49:24
yet his bow remained unmoved; his arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),

Psalm 18:34
He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

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