Job 29:18-25 NIV

18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.1

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19 My roots will reach to the water,2 and the dew will lie all night on my branches.3

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20 My glory will remain fresh4 in me, the bow5 ever new in my hand.'6

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21 "Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.7

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      22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;8 my words fell gently on their ears.9

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          23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.10

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          24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face11 was precious to them.a12

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            • a 29:24 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
              25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;13 I dwelt as a king14 among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.15

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