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Chapter
Job 29

Book of Job - Chapter 29

Job 29:1

Job again took up his parable, and said,

Job 29:2

"Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;

Job 29:3

when his lamp shone on my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,

Job 29:4

as I was in the ripeness of my days, when the friendship of God was in my tent,

Job 29:5

when the Almighty was yet with me, and my children were around me,

Job 29:6

when my steps were washed with butter, and the rock poured out streams of oil for me,

Job 29:7

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

Job 29:8

The young men saw me and hid themselves. The aged rose up and stood.

Job 29:9

The princes refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

Job 29:10

The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

Job 29:11

For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it commended me:

Job 29:12

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

Job 29:13

the blessing of him who was ready to perish came on me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

Job 29:14

I put on righteousness, and it clothed me. My justice was as a robe and a diadem.

Job 29:15

I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.

Job 29:16

I was a father to the needy. The cause of him who I didn't know, I searched out.

Job 29:17

I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the prey out of his teeth.

Job 29:18

Then I said, 'I shall die in my own house, I shall number my days as the sand.

Job 29:19

My root is spread out to the waters. The dew lies all night on my branch.

Job 29:20

My glory is fresh in me. My bow is renewed in my hand.'

Job 29:21

"Men listened to me, waited, and kept silence for my counsel.

Job 29:22

After my words they didn't speak again. My speech fell on them.

Job 29:23

They waited for me as for the rain. Their mouths drank as with the spring rain.

Job 29:24

I smiled on them when they had no confidence. They didn't reject the light of my face.

Job 29:25

I chose out their way, and sat as chief. I lived as a king in the army, as one who comforts the mourners.