Job 29:7
New International Version
"When I went to the gate of the city and took my seat in the public square,

New Living Translation
“Those were the days when I went to the city gate and took my place among the honored leaders.

English Standard Version
When I went out to the gate of the city, when I prepared my seat in the square,

Berean Study Bible
When I went out to the city gate and took my seat in the public square,

King James Bible
When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

New King James Version
“When I went out to the gate by the city, When I took my seat in the open square,

New American Standard Bible
“When I went out to the gate of the city, When I took my seat in the public square,

NASB 1995
"When I went out to the gate of the city, When I took my seat in the square,

NASB 1977
“When I went out to the gate of the city, When I took my seat in the square;

Amplified Bible
“When I went out to the gate of the city, When I took my seat [as a city father] in the square,

Christian Standard Bible
When I went out to the city gate and took my seat in the town square,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I went out to the city gate and took my seat in the town square,

American Standard Version
When I went forth to the gate unto the city, When I prepared my seat in the street,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When I proceeded to the gate and I called, and I sat in the market as the afflicted

Brenton Septuagint Translation
When I went forth early in the city, and the seat was placed for me in the streets.

Contemporary English Version
When I sat down at the meeting of the city council,

Douay-Rheims Bible
When I went out to the gate of the city, and in the street they prepared me a chair?

English Revised Version
When I went forth to the gate unto the city, when I prepared my seat in the street,

Good News Translation
Whenever the city elders met and I took my place among them,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I went through the city gate and took my seat in the town square,

International Standard Version
"Whenever I went out to the city gate, a seat had been reserved for me in the plaza.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When I went forth to the gate unto the city, When I prepared my seat in the broad place,

Literal Standard Version
When I go out to the gate by the city, "" In a broad place I prepare my seat.

NET Bible
When I went out to the city gate and secured my seat in the public square,

New Heart English Bible
when I went forth to the city gate, when I prepared my seat in the street.

World English Bible
when I went forth to the city gate, when I prepared my seat in the street.

Young's Literal Translation
When I go out to the gate by the city, In a broad place I prepare my seat.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Former Blessings
6when my steps were bathed in cream and the rock poured out for me streams of oil! 7When I went out to the city gate and took my seat in the public square, 8the young men saw me and withdrew, and the old men rose to their feet.…

Cross References
Job 29:8
the young men saw me and withdrew, and the old men rose to their feet.

Job 31:21
if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless because I saw that I had support in the gate,

Proverbs 8:3
Beside the gates to the city, at the entrances she cries out:

Jeremiah 38:7
Now Ebed-melech the Cushite, a court official in the royal palace, heard that Jeremiah had been put into the cistern. While the king was sitting at the Gate of Benjamin,


Treasury of Scripture

When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

Deuteronomy 16:18
Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

Deuteronomy 21:19
Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

Ruth 4:1,2,11
Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down…









(7) To the gate.--There business was transacted. (Comp. the expression, which is still used with reference to the Turkish Empire, of "the Sublime Porte," or the supreme Place of government; Psalm 127:5; Jer. 35:20, &c.)

Verse 7. - When I went out to the gate through the city; rather, by the city, or over against the city. The "gate" was the place where justice was administered, and public business generally despatched. It would be "over against" the city, separated from it by a large square or place (רְחוב), in which a multitude might assemble (sue Nehemiah 8:1). Hither Job was accustomed to proceed from time to time, to act as judge and administrator. When I prepared my seat in the street. On such occasions a seat would be brought out and "prepared," where the judge would sit to hear causes and deliver sentences (comp. Nehemiah 3:7).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When I went out
בְּצֵ֣אתִי (bə·ṣê·ṯî)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

to the city
קָ֑רֶת (qā·reṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7176: Town, city

gate
שַׁ֣עַר (ša·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8179: An opening, door, gate

and took
אָכִ֥ין (’ā·ḵîn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3559: To be erect

my seat
מוֹשָׁבִֽי׃ (mō·wō·šā·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 4186: A seat, assembly, dwelling place, dwelling, dwellers

in the public square,
בָּ֝רְח֗וֹב (bā·rə·ḥō·wḇ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7339: A broad open place, plaza


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