Job 29:25
New International Version
I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I dwelt as a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.

New Living Translation
Like a chief, I told them what to do. I lived like a king among his troops and comforted those who mourned.

English Standard Version
I chose their way and sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

Berean Study Bible
I chose their course and presided as chief. So I dwelt as a king among his troops, as a comforter of mourners.

New American Standard Bible
"I chose a way for them and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who comforted the mourners.

King James Bible
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

Christian Standard Bible
I directed their course and presided as chief. I lived as a king among his troops, like one who comforts those who mourn.

Contemporary English Version
My advice was followed as though I were a king leading my troops, or someone comforting those in sorrow.

Good News Translation
I took charge and made the decisions; I led them as a king leads his troops, and gave them comfort in their despair.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I directed their course and presided as chief. I lived as a king among his troops, like one who comforts those who mourn.

International Standard Version
I set an example of the way to live, as a leader would; I lived like a king among his army; like one who comforts mourners."

NET Bible
I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I lived like a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.

New Heart English Bible
I chose out their way, and sat as chief. I lived as a king in the army, as one who comforts the mourners.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I decided how they should live. I sat as their leader. I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I chose out their way, and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king in the army, As one that comforteth the mourners.

New American Standard 1977
“I chose a way for them and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who comforted the mourners.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I approved their way and sat at the head and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.

King James 2000 Bible
I chose out their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt like a king in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.

American King James Version
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelled as a king in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.

American Standard Version
I chose out their way, and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king in the army, As one that comforteth the mourners.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the midst of warriors, as one comforting mourners.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I had a mind to go to them, I sat first, and when I sat as a king, with his army standing about him, yet I was a comforter of them that mourned.

Darby Bible Translation
I chose their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth mourners.

English Revised Version
I chose out their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

Webster's Bible Translation
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

World English Bible
I chose out their way, and sat as chief. I lived as a king in the army, as one who comforts the mourners.

Young's Literal Translation
I choose their way, and sit head, And I dwell as a king in a troop, When mourners he doth comfort.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
24If I smiled at them, they did not believe it; the light of my countenance was precious. 25I chose their course and presided as chief. So I dwelt as a king among his troops, as a comforter of mourners.
Cross References
Job 1:3
and he owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man of all the people of the east.

Job 4:4
Your words have steadied those who stumbled, and have made firm the knees that were buckling.

Job 16:5
But I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation of my lips would bring relief.

Job 29:24
If I smiled at them, they did not believe it; the light of my countenance was precious.

Job 31:37
I would give account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.

Treasury of Scripture

I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelled as a king in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.

chose out

Genesis 41:40
Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

Judges 11:8
And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.

2 Samuel 5:2
Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.

dwelt

Genesis 14:14-17
And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan…

Deuteronomy 33:5
And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.

one that

Job 4:3,4
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands…

Isaiah 35:3,4
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees…

Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; …







Lexicon
I chose
אֶֽבֲחַ֣ר (’e·ḇă·ḥar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select

their course
דַּרְכָּם֮ (dar·kām)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

and presided
וְאֵשֵׁ֪ב (wə·’ê·šêḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

as chief.
רֹ֥אשׁ (rōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head

So I dwelt
וְ֭אֶשְׁכּוֹן (wə·’eš·kō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7931: To settle down, abide, dwell

as a king
כְּמֶ֣לֶךְ (kə·me·leḵ)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

among his troops,
בַּגְּד֑וּד (bag·gə·ḏūḏ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1416: A band, troop

as a comforter
כַּאֲשֶׁ֖ר (ka·’ă·šer)
Preposition-k | Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

of mourners.
אֲבֵלִ֣ים (’ă·ḇê·lîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 57: Lamenting
(25) I sat.--It is still the custom among the Jews for mourners to sit upon the ground and for one who wishes to console them to occupy a seat above them. Such is Job's pathetic lamentation over the days that were gone. He appears before us as a conspicuous example of one who had worn the poet's crown of sorrow in the remembrance of happier things in time of sorrow. He is the type and representative of suffering humanity, of man waiting for redemption, but as yet unredeemed. It is in this way that he points us on to Christ, who, Himself the Redeemer, went through all the sorrows of sinful and unredeemed humanity. He is able to describe his former state and all its glory and bliss, while his friends are constrained to listen in silence. They have said their worst, they have aspersed and maligned his character, but they have not silenced him; he is able to make the most complete vindication of all his past life, to contrast its happiness with the present contempt and contumely of it, so much owing to them and their heartless, unsympathetic treatment of him, while they can make no reply.

Verse 25. - I chose out their way, and sat chief. Though not an absolute monarch, but only a patriarchal head, I practically determined the course which the tribe took, since my advice was always followed. I thus "sat chief" - nay, dwelt as a king in the army (or, in the host i.e. among the people), as one that comforteth the mourners; i.e. as one to whom all looked for comfort in times of distress and calamity, as much as for counsel and guidance at other times (vers. 21-23).



29:18-25 Being thus honoured and useful, Job had hoped to die in peace and honour, in a good old age. If such an expectation arise from lively faith in the providence and promise of God, it is well; but if from conceit of our own wisdom, and dependence on changeable, earthly things, it is ill grounded, and turns to sin. Every one that has the spirit of wisdom, has not the spirit of government; but Job had both. Yet he had the tenderness of a comforter. This he thought upon with pleasure, when he was himself a mourner. Our Lord Jesus is a King who hates iniquity, and upon whom the blessing of a world ready to perish comes. To Him let us give ear.
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