And Jobagaintook up his 1discourse and said,
2"Oh that I were as in monthsgone by, As in the days when God2watched over me;
When 3His lampshoneover my head, And 4by His light I walked through darkness ;
As I was in athe prime of my days, When the b5friendship of God was over my tent ;
When cthe Almighty was yet with me, And my children were around me;
When my steps were bathed in 6butter, And the 7rockpoured out for me streams of oil !
"When I went out to 8the gate of the city, When I dtook my seat in the square,
The youngmensaw me and hid themselves, And the oldmenarose and stood.
"The princes9stoppedtalking And 10put their hands on their mouths ;
The voice of the nobles was e11hushed, And their 12tonguestuck to their palate.
"For when 13the earheard, it called me blessed, And when the eyesaw, it gavewitness of me,
12Because I delivered14the poor who cried for help, And the 15orphan who had nohelper.
"The blessing of the one 16ready to perishcame upon me, And I made the 17widow'sheartsing for joy.
"I 18put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban.
"I was 19eyes to the blind And feet to the lame.
"I was a father to 20the needy, And I investigated the case which I did not know.
"I 21broke the jaws of the wicked And snatched the prey from his teeth.
"Then I fthought, 'I shall diegin my nest, And I shall multiply my days as the sand.
'My 22root is spread out to the waters, And 23dewlies all night on my branch.
'My glory is ever new with me, And my 24bow is renewed in my hand.'
"To me 25they listened and waited, And keptsilent for my counsel.
22"After my words they did not 26speakagain, And 27my speechdropped on them.
"They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouth as for the springrain.
"I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not castdown.
"I chose a way for them and sat as 28chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who29comforted the mourners.