Job 29:11-21 NIV

11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,1

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12 because I rescued the poor2 who cried for help, and the fatherless3 who had none to assist him.4

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13 The man who was dying blessed me;5 I made the widow's6 heart sing.

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14 I put on righteousness7 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.8

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15 I was eyes9 to the blind and feet to the lame.10

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16 I was a father to the needy;11 I took up the case12 of the stranger.13

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17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims14 from their teeth.15

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18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.16

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19 My roots will reach to the water,17 and the dew will lie all night on my branches.18

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20 My glory will remain fresh19 in me, the bow20 ever new in my hand.'21

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21 "Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.22

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