Job 29:12
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New American Standard Bible
Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper.

King James Bible
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

Darby Bible Translation
For I delivered the afflicted that cried, and the fatherless who had no helper.

World English Bible
Because I delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless also, who had none to help him,

Young's Literal Translation
For I deliver the afflicted who is crying, And the fatherless who hath no helper.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Because I delivered the poor that cried - This is spoken of himself as a magistrate or judge - for the whole description relates to that. The meaning is, that when the poor man, who had no means of employing counsel, brought his cause before him, he heard him and delivered him from the grasp of the oppressor. He never made an appeal to him in vain; compare Proverbs 21:13; Proverbs 24:11-12.

And the fatherless - The orphan who brought his cause before him. He became the patron and protector of those whose natural protectors - their parents - had been removed by death; compare the notes at Isaiah 1:17.

And him that had none to help him - The poor man who had no powerful patron. Job says that, as a magistrate, he particularly regarded the cause of such persons, and saw that justice was done them - a beautiful image of the administration of justice in patriarchal times. This is the sense in which our translators understood this. But the parallelism seems rather to require that this should be applied to the fatherless who had no one to aid him, and the Hebrew, by understanding the ו (w) conjunctive as meaning "when," will bear this construction. So it is understood by Rosenmuller, Umbreit, Herder, and Noyes.

Job 29:12 Parallel Commentaries

The Case of Spiritual Decay and Languor in Religion
1. Declension in religion, and relapses into sin, with their sorrowful consequences, are in the general too probable.--2. The ease of declension and langour in religion described, negatively.--3. And positively.--4. As discovering itself by a failure in the duties of the closet.--5. By a neglect of social worship.--6. By want of love to our fellow Christians.--7. By an undue attachment to sensual pleasures or secular cares.--8. By prejudices against some important principles in religion.--9,10. A
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

Oh that I were as in Months Past! Job 29:02:00

John Newton—Olney Hymns

Cross References
Job 24:4
"They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.

Job 24:9
"Others snatch the orphan from the breast, And against the poor they take a pledge.

Job 31:17
Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the orphan has not shared it

Job 31:21
If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan, Because I saw I had support in the gate,

Job 34:28
So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might hear the cry of the afflicted--

Psalm 72:12
For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.

Psalm 82:4
Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

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