Job 29 ESV

Job's Summary Defense

1 And Job again 1took up his discourse, and said:

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2 "Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me,
3 when his 2lamp shone upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,

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4 as I was in my prime,a when the 3friendship of God was upon my tent,

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    • ž 29:4 - Hebrew my autumn days
      5 when the Almighty was yet with me, when my 4children were all around me,

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      6 when my steps were 5washed with 6butter, and 7the rock poured out for me streams of 8oil!

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      7 When I went out to 9the gate of the city, when I prepared my seat in the square,

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      8 the young men saw me and withdrew, and the aged rose and stood;
      9 the princes refrained from talking and 10laid their hand on their mouth;

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      10 the voice of the nobles was hushed, and their 11tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

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      11 When the ear heard, it called me blessed, and when the eye saw, it approved,
      12 because I 12delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him.

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      13 13The blessing of him who was 14about to perish came upon me, and I caused 15the widow's heart to sing for joy.

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      14 I 16put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and 17a turban.

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      15 I was 18eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.

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      16 I was a father to the needy, and I searched out 19the cause of him whom I did not know.

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      17 I 20broke 21the fangs of the unrighteous and made him drop his prey from his teeth.

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      18 22Then I thought, 'I shall die in my 23nest, and I shall multiply my days as 24the sand,

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      19 my 25roots spread out to 26the waters, with the dew all night on my 27branches,

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      20 my glory fresh with me, and my 28bow ever 29new in my hand.'

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      21 "Men listened to me and waited and kept silence for my counsel.
      22 After I spoke they did not speak again, and my word 30dropped upon them.

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      23 They waited for me as for the rain, and they 31opened their mouths as for the 32spring rain.

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      24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence, and 33the light of my 34face they did not cast down.

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      25 I chose their way and sat as chief, and I lived like 35a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

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