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Job again took up his parable, and said,
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“Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;
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when his lamp shone on my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,
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as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was in my tent,
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when the Almighty was yet with me, and my children were around me,
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when my steps were washed with butter, and the rock poured out streams of oil for me,
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when I went out to the city gate, when I prepared my seat in the street.
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The young men saw me and hid themselves. The aged rose up and stood.
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The princes refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
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The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
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For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me, and when the eye saw me, it commended me,
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because I delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless also, who had no one to help him,
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the blessing of him who was ready to perish came on me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
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I put on righteousness, and it clothed me. My justice was as a robe and a diadem.
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I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.
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I was a father to the needy. I researched the cause of him whom I didn’t know.
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I broke the jaws of the unrighteous and plucked the prey out of his teeth.
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Then I said, ‘I will die in my own house, I will count my days as the sand.
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My root is spread out to the waters. The dew lies all night on my branch.
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My glory is fresh in me. My bow is renewed in my hand.’
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“Men listened to me, waited, and kept silence for my counsel.
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After my words they didn’t speak again. My speech fell on them.
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They waited for me as for the rain. Their mouths drank as with the spring rain.
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I smiled on them when they had no confidence. They didn’t reject the light of my face.
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I chose out their way, and sat as chief. I lived as a king in the army, as one who comforts the mourners.