Job 29

Job 29:1  
And Job again took up the word and said,

Job 29:2  
If only I might again be as I was in the months which are past, in the days when God was watching over me!

Job 29:3  
When his light was shining over my head, and when I went through the dark by his light.

Job 29:4  
As I was in my flowering years, when my tent was covered by the hand of God;

Job 29:5  
While the Ruler of all was still with me, and my children were round me;

Job 29:6  
When my steps were washed with milk, and rivers of oil were flowing out of the rock for me.

Job 29:7  
When I went out of my door to go up to the town, and took my seat in the public place,

Job 29:8  
The young men saw me, and went away, and the old men got up from their seats;

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The rulers kept quiet, and put their hands on their mouths;

Job 29:10  
The chiefs kept back their words, and their tongues were joined to the roofs of their mouths.

Job 29:11  
For when it came to their ears, men said that I was truly happy; and when their eyes saw, they gave witness to me;

Job 29:12  
For I was a saviour to the poor when he was crying for help, to the child with no father, and to him who had no supporter.

Job 29:13  
The blessing of him who was near to destruction came on me, and I put a song of joy into the widow's heart.

Job 29:14  
I put on righteousness as my clothing, and was full of it; right decisions were to me a robe and a head-dress.

Job 29:15  
I was eyes to the blind, and feet to him who had no power of walking.

Job 29:16  
I was a father to the poor, searching out the cause of him who was strange to me.

Job 29:17  
By me the great teeth of the evil-doer were broken, and I made him give up what he had violently taken away.

Job 29:18  
Then I said, I will come to my end with my children round me, my days will be as the sand in number;

Job 29:19  
My root will be open to the waters, and the night mist will be on my branches,

Job 29:20  
My glory will be ever new, and my bow will be readily bent in my hand.

Job 29:21  
Men gave ear to me, waiting and keeping quiet for my suggestions.

Job 29:22  
After I had said what was in my mind, they were quiet and let my words go deep into their hearts;

Job 29:23  
They were waiting for me as for the rain, opening their mouths wide as for the spring rains.

Job 29:24  
I was laughing at them when they had no hope, and the light of my face was never clouded by their fear.

Job 29:25  
I took my place as a chief, guiding them on their way, and I was as a king among his army. ...

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