Job 29:2
New International Version
"How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,

New Living Translation
“I long for the years gone by when God took care of me,

English Standard Version
“Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me,

Berean Study Bible
“How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,

King James Bible
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

New King James Version
“Oh, that I were as in months past, As in the days when God watched over me;

New American Standard Bible
“Oh that I were as in months gone by, As in the days when God watched over me;

NASB 1995
"Oh that I were as in months gone by, As in the days when God watched over me;

NASB 1977
“Oh that I were as in months gone by, As in the days when God watched over me;

Amplified Bible
“Oh, that I were as in the months of old, As in the days when God watched over me,

Christian Standard Bible
If only I could be as in months gone by, in the days when God watched over me,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only I could be as in months gone by, in the days when God watched over me,

American Standard Version
Oh that I were as in the months of old, As in the days when God watched over me;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But who will make me as the first months and like the days when God preserved me?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Oh that I were as in months past, wherein God preserved me!

Contemporary English Version
I long for the past, when God took care of me,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who will grant me, that I might be according to the months past, according to the days in which God kept me?

English Revised Version
Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;

Good News Translation
If only my life could once again be as it was when God watched over me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If only my life could be like it used to be, in the days when God watched over me,

International Standard Version
"I wish I could go back to how things were a few months ago; when God used to watch over me,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that I were as in the months of old, As in the days when God watched over me;

Literal Standard Version
“Who makes me as [in] months past, "" As [in] the days of God’s preserving me?

NET Bible
"O that I could be as I was in the months now gone, in the days when God watched over me,

New Heart English Bible
"Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;

World English Bible
"Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;

Young's Literal Translation
Who doth make me as in months past, As in the days of God's preserving me?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Former Blessings
1And Job continued his discourse: 2“How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, 3when His lamp shone above my head, and by His light I walked through the darkness,…

Cross References
Job 1:10
Have You not placed a hedge on every side around him and his household and all that he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Jeremiah 31:28
Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, to demolish, destroy, and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant," declares the LORD.


Treasury of Scripture

Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

as in months

Job 1:1-5
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil…

Job 7:3
So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

God

Job 1:10
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Psalm 37:28
For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Jude 1:1
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:









(2) Preserved.--Or, watched over me. When does God not watch over us, if we only knew it?

Verse 2. - Oh that I were as in months past! or, in the months of old. To Job the period of his prosperity seems long, long ago - some-thing far away in the mist of time, which he recalls with difficulty. As in the days when God preserved me. Job never forgets to refer his prosperity to God, or to be grateful to him for it (see Job 1:21; Job 2:10; Job 10:8-12, etc.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“How I long for
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

the months
כְיַרְחֵי־ (ḵə·yar·ḥê-)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3391: A lunation, month

gone by,
קֶ֑דֶם (qe·ḏem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6924: The front, of place, time

for the days
כִּ֝ימֵ֗י (kî·mê)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3117: A day

when God
אֱל֣וֹהַּ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

watched over me,
יִשְׁמְרֵֽנִי׃ (yiš·mə·rê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to


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