Job 29:12-22 NIV

12 because I rescued the poor1 who cried for help, and the fatherless2 who had none to assist him.3

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13 The man who was dying blessed me;4 I made the widow's5 heart sing.

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14 I put on righteousness6 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.7

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15 I was eyes8 to the blind and feet to the lame.9

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16 I was a father to the needy;10 I took up the case11 of the stranger.12

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17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims13 from their teeth.14

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18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.15

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19 My roots will reach to the water,16 and the dew will lie all night on my branches.17

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20 My glory will remain fresh18 in me, the bow19 ever new in my hand.'20

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

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      22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;22 my words fell gently on their ears.23

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