Job 29:5-25 NIV

5 when the Almighty was still with me and my children1 were around me,2

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6 when my path was drenched with cream3 and the rock4 poured out for me streams of olive oil.5

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7 "When I went to the gate6 of the city and took my seat in the public square,

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8 the young men saw me and stepped aside7 and the old men rose to their feet;8

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9 the chief men refrained from speaking9 and covered their mouths with their hands;10

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10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,11 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.12

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11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,13

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12 because I rescued the poor14 who cried for help, and the fatherless15 who had none to assist him.16

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13 The man who was dying blessed me;17 I made the widow's18 heart sing.

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14 I put on righteousness19 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.20

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15 I was eyes21 to the blind and feet to the lame.22

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16 I was a father to the needy;23 I took up the case24 of the stranger.25

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17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims26 from their teeth.27

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18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.28

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19 My roots will reach to the water,29 and the dew will lie all night on my branches.30

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20 My glory will remain fresh31 in me, the bow32 ever new in my hand.'33

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21 "Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.34

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      22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;35 my words fell gently on their ears.36

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          23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.37

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          24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face38 was precious to them.a39

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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;40 I dwelt as a king41 among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.42

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