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,

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

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

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

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

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I went out to 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.

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.

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
When I went out to the gate to judgment, when I had my seat prepared in the plaza!

King James 2000 Bible
When I went out to the gate of the city, when I prepared my seat in the open square!

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
When I went out to the gate by the city, when I prepared my seat on the broadway,

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

Webster's Bible Translation
When I went out to the gate through the city, 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.
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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

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

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

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

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

my seat
מוֹשָׁבִֽי׃ (mō·wō·šā·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 7339: A broad open place, plaza
(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). 29:7-17 All sorts of people paid respect to Job, not only for the dignity of his rank, but for his personal merit, his prudence, integrity, and good management. Happy the men who are blessed with such gifts as these! They have great opportunities of honouring God and doing good, but have great need to watch against pride. Happy the people who are blessed with such men! it is a token for good to them. Here we see what Job valued himself by, in the day of his prosperity. It was by his usefulness. He valued himself by the check he gave to the violence of proud and evil men. Good magistrates must thus be a restraint to evil-doers, and protect the innocent; in order to this, they should arm themselves with zeal and resolution. Such men are public blessings, and resemble Him who rescues poor sinners from Satan. How many who were ready to perish, now are blessing Him! But who can show forth His praises? May we trust in His mercy, and seek to imitate His truth, justice, and love.
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