Job 29:2-12 NIV

2 "How I long for the months gone by,1 for the days when God watched over me,2

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

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4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship4 blessed my house,5

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5 when the Almighty was still with me and my children6 were around me,7

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6 when my path was drenched with cream8 and the rock9 poured out for me streams of olive oil.10

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7 "When I went to the gate11 of the city and took my seat in the public square,

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8 the young men saw me and stepped aside12 and the old men rose to their feet;13

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9 the chief men refrained from speaking14 and covered their mouths with their hands;15

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10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,16 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.17

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11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,18

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12 because I rescued the poor19 who cried for help, and the fatherless20 who had none to assist him.21

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