1 And Job continued his parable and said,
2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;
3 When his lamp shone over my head, [and] by his light I walked through darkness;
4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret counsel of God was over my tent,

References for Job 29:4

    • a 29:4 - Lit. 'autumn:' it was the beginning of the civil year.
      5 When the Almighty was yet with me, my young men round about me;

      References for Job 29:5

        • b 29:5 - Or 'children.'
          6 When my steps were bathed in milk, and the rock poured out beside me rivers of oil! ...

          References for Job 29:6

            • c 29:6 - Or 'butter.'
              7 When I went out to the gate by the city, when I prepared my seat on the broadway,
              8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves; and the aged arose [and] stood up;
              9 Princes refrained from talking, and laid the hand on their mouth;
              10 The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to their palate.

              References for Job 29:10

                • d 29:10 - Lit.'was hidden.'
                  11 When the ear heard [me], then it blessed me, and when the eye saw [me], it gave witness to me;
                  12 For I delivered the afflicted that cried, and the fatherless who had no helper.
                  13 The blessing of him that was perishing came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
                  14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was as a mantle and a turban.

                  References for Job 29:14

                    • e 29:14 - Elsewhere 'robe;' it is the large outer garment worn by Orientals.
                      15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame;
                      16 I was a father to the needy, and the cause which I knew not I searched out;
                      17 And I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
                      18 And I said, I shall die in my nest, and multiply my days as the sand;
                      19 My root shall be spread out to the waters, and the dew will lie all night on my branch;
                      20 My glory shall be fresh in me, and my bow be renewed in my hand.
                      21 Unto me they listened, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel:
                      22 After my words they spoke not again, and my speech dropped upon them;

                      References for Job 29:22

                        • f 29:22 - See Amos 7.16.
                          23 And they waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
                          24 [If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and they troubled not the serenity of my countenance.

                          References for Job 29:24

                            • g 29:24 - Or 'I smiled on them when they were without courage.'
                              25 I chose their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth mourners.