Job 29:9-19 NIV

9 the chief men refrained from speaking1 and covered their mouths with their hands;2

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10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,3 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.4

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11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,5

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12 because I rescued the poor6 who cried for help, and the fatherless7 who had none to assist him.8

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13 The man who was dying blessed me;9 I made the widow's10 heart sing.

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14 I put on righteousness11 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.12

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15 I was eyes13 to the blind and feet to the lame.14

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16 I was a father to the needy;15 I took up the case16 of the stranger.17

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17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims18 from their teeth.19

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18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.20

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19 My roots will reach to the water,21 and the dew will lie all night on my branches.22

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