Job 29:1-11 NIV

1 Job continued his discourse:1

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2 "How I long for the months gone by,2 for the days when God watched over me,3

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3 when his lamp shone upon my head and by his light I walked through darkness!4

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4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship5 blessed my house,6

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5 when the Almighty was still with me and my children7 were around me,8

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6 when my path was drenched with cream9 and the rock10 poured out for me streams of olive oil.11

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7 "When I went to the gate12 of the city and took my seat in the public square,

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8 the young men saw me and stepped aside13 and the old men rose to their feet;14

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9 the chief men refrained from speaking15 and covered their mouths with their hands;16

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10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,17 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.18

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11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,19

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