Job 29:7-25 NIV

7 "When I went to the gate1 of the city and took my seat in the public square,

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8 the young men saw me and stepped aside2 and the old men rose to their feet;3

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9 the chief men refrained from speaking4 and covered their mouths with their hands;5

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10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,6 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.7

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11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,8

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12 because I rescued the poor9 who cried for help, and the fatherless10 who had none to assist him.11

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13 The man who was dying blessed me;12 I made the widow's13 heart sing.

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14 I put on righteousness14 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.15

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15 I was eyes16 to the blind and feet to the lame.17

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16 I was a father to the needy;18 I took up the case19 of the stranger.20

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17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims21 from their teeth.22

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18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.23

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19 My roots will reach to the water,24 and the dew will lie all night on my branches.25

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20 My glory will remain fresh26 in me, the bow27 ever new in my hand.'28

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21 "Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.29

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      22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;30 my words fell gently on their ears.31

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          23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.32

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          24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face33 was precious to them.a34

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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;35 I dwelt as a king36 among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.37

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