Job 29:4-14 NIV

4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship1 blessed my house,2

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5 when the Almighty was still with me and my children3 were around me,4

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6 when my path was drenched with cream5 and the rock6 poured out for me streams of olive oil.7

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7 "When I went to the gate8 of the city and took my seat in the public square,

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8 the young men saw me and stepped aside9 and the old men rose to their feet;10

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9 the chief men refrained from speaking11 and covered their mouths with their hands;12

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10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,13 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.14

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11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,15

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12 because I rescued the poor16 who cried for help, and the fatherless17 who had none to assist him.18

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13 The man who was dying blessed me;19 I made the widow's20 heart sing.

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14 I put on righteousness21 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.22

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