Job 29:8-18 NIV

8 the young men saw me and stepped aside1 and the old men rose to their feet;2

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9 the chief men refrained from speaking3 and covered their mouths with their hands;4

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10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,5 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.6

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11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,7

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12 because I rescued the poor8 who cried for help, and the fatherless9 who had none to assist him.10

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13 The man who was dying blessed me;11 I made the widow's12 heart sing.

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14 I put on righteousness13 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.14

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15 I was eyes15 to the blind and feet to the lame.16

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16 I was a father to the needy;17 I took up the case18 of the stranger.19

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17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims20 from their teeth.21

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18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.22

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