Moreover Jobcontinueda his parable, and said ,
Oh that I were as in monthspast, as in the days when Godpreserved me;
When his candlebshined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;4
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;5
When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me outrivers of oil;7
When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!8
The young mensaw me, and hid themselves: and the agedarose , and stood up .
The princesrefrainedtalking, and laid their hand on their mouth.10
The noblescheld their peace, and their tonguecleaved to the roof of their mouth.11
When the earheard me, then it blessed me; and when the eyesaw me, it gave witness to me:
Because I delivered the poor that cried , and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
The blessing of him that was ready to perishcame upon me: and I caused the widow'sheart to sing for joy .
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.15
I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.16
I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out .
And I brake the jawsd of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.18
Then I said , I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.19
My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.20
My glory was freshe in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.21
Unto me men gave ear , and waited , and kept silenceat my counsel.22After my words they spake not again ; and my speechdropped upon them.
And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.24
If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down .
I chose out their way, and satchief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.