Job 29

Job’s Past Was Glorious

1And Job again took up his a  discourse and said, 2Oh that I were as in months gone by,
As in the days when God b  watched over me;
3When c  His lamp shone over my head,
And d  by His light I walked through darkness;
4As I was in
Lit the days of my autumn
the prime of my days,
When the
Lit counsel
g  friendship of God was over my tent;
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty was yet with me,
And my children were around me;
6When my steps were bathed in i  butter,
And the j  rock poured out for me streams of oil!
7When I went out to k  the gate of the city,
When I
Lit set up
took my seat in the square,
8The young men saw me and hid themselves,
And the old men arose and stood.
9The princes m  stopped talking
And n  put their hands on their mouths;
10The voice of the nobles was
Lit hidden
p  hushed,
And their q  tongue stuck to their palate.
11“For when r  the ear heard, it called me blessed,
And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,
12Because I delivered s  the poor who cried for help,
And the t  orphan who had no helper.
13The blessing of the one u  ready to perish came upon me,
And I made the v  widow’s heart sing for joy.
14“I w  put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
15“I was x  eyes to the blind
And feet to the lame.
16I was a father to y  the needy,
And I investigated the case which I did not know.
17“I z  broke the jaws of the wicked
And snatched the prey from his teeth.
18“Then I
Lit said
thought, ‘I shall die
Lit with
in my nest,
And I shall multiply my days as the sand.
19‘My ac  root is spread out to the waters,
And ad  dew lies all night on my branch.
20My glory is ever new with me,
And my ae  bow is renewed in my hand.’

21“To me af  they listened and waited,
And kept silent for my counsel.
22After my words they did not ag  speak again,
And ah  my speech dropped on them.
23They waited for me as for the rain,
And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.
24I smiled on them when they did not believe,
And the light of my face they did not cast down.
25I chose a way for them and sat as ai  chief,
And dwelt as a king among the troops,
As one who aj  comforted the mourners.

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