Job 29
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1Again, Job continued his discourse and said:1And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2“How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,2“Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me,
3when His lamp shone above my head, and by His light I walked through the darkness,3when his lamp shone upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,
4when I was in the days of my youth, when the friendship of God rested on my tent,4as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent,
5when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,5when the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were all around me,
6when my steps were bathed in cream and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!6when my steps were washed with butter, 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,7When I went out to the gate of the city, when I prepared my seat in the square,
8the young men saw me and withdrew, and the old men rose to their feet.8the young men saw me and withdrew, and the aged rose and stood;
9The princes refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands.9the princes refrained from talking and laid their hand on their mouth;
10The voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.10the voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
11For those who heard me called me blessed, and those who saw me commended me,11When the ear heard, it called me blessed, and when the eye saw, it approved,
12because I rescued the poor who cried out and the fatherless who had no helper.12because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow’s heart sing for joy.13The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; justice was my robe and turban.14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.
15I served as eyes to the blind and as feet to the lame.15I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
16I was a father to the needy, and I took up the case of the stranger.16I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
17I shattered the fangs of the unjust and snatched the prey from his teeth.17I broke the fangs of the unrighteous and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
18So I thought: ‘I will die in my nest and multiply my days as the sand.18Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand,
19My roots will spread out to the waters, and the dew will rest nightly on my branches.19my roots spread out to the waters, with the dew all night on my branches,
20My glory is ever new within me, and my bow is renewed in my hand.20my glory fresh with me, and my bow ever new in my hand.’
21Men listened to me with expectation, waiting silently for my counsel.21“Men listened to me and waited and kept silence for my counsel.
22After my words, they spoke no more; my speech settled on them like dew.22After I spoke they did not speak again, and my word dropped upon them.
23They waited for me as for rain and drank in my words like spring showers.23They waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
24If I smiled at them, they did not believe it; the light of my countenance was precious.24I smiled on them when they had no confidence, and the light of my face they did not cast down.
25I chose their course and presided as chief. So I dwelt as a king among his troops, as a comforter of mourners.25I chose their way and sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.
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