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Job 29:7-25 (New International Version)

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7 "When I went to the gate1 of the city and took my seat in the public square, 8 the young men saw me and stepped aside2 and the old men rose to their feet;3 9 the chief men refrained from speaking4 and covered their mouths with their hands;5 10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,6 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.7 11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,8 12 because I rescued the poor9 who cried for help, and the fatherless10 who had none to assist him.11 13 The man who was dying blessed me;12 I made the widow's13 heart sing. 14 I put on righteousness14 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.15 15 I was eyes16 to the blind and feet to the lame.17 16 I was a father to the needy;18 I took up the case19 of the stranger.20 17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims21 from their teeth.22 18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.23 19 My roots will reach to the water,24 and the dew will lie all night on my branches.25 20 My glory will remain fresh26 in me, the bow27 ever new in my hand.'28 21 "Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.29 22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;30 my words fell gently on their ears.31 23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.32 24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face33 was precious to them.a34 25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;35 I dwelt as a king36 among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.37
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