Job 29 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Job now resumed his response: 1 Job continued his discourse:
2 "Oh, how I long for the good old days, when God took such very good care of me. 2 "How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,
3 He always held a lamp before me and I walked through the dark by its light. 3 when his lamp shone upon my head and by his light I walked through darkness!
4 Oh, how I miss those golden years when God's friendship graced my home, 4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship blessed my house,
5 When the Mighty One was still by my side and my children were all around me, 5 when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,
6 When everything was going my way, and nothing seemed too difficult. 6 when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.
7 "When I walked downtown and sat with my friends in the public square, 7 "When I went to the gate of the city and took my seat in the public square,
8 Young and old greeted me with respect; I was honored by everyone in town. 8 the young men saw me and stepped aside and the old men rose to their feet;
9 When I spoke, everyone listened; 9 the chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;
10 they hung on my every word. 10 the voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
11 People who knew me spoke well of me; my reputation went ahead of me. 11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,
12 I was known for helping people in trouble and standing up for those who were down on their luck. 12 because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him.
13 The dying blessed me, and the bereaved were cheered by my visits. 13 The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow's heart sing.
14 All my dealings with people were good. I was known for being fair to everyone I met. 14 I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.
15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame, 15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
16 Father to the needy, and champion of abused aliens. 16 I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.
17 I grabbed street thieves by the scruff of the neck and made them give back what they'd stolen. 17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.
18 I thought, 'I'll die peacefully in my own bed, grateful for a long and full life, 18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.
19 A life deep-rooted and well-watered, a life limber and dew-fresh, 19 My roots will reach to the water, and the dew will lie all night on my branches.
20 My soul suffused with glory and my body robust until the day I die.' 20 My glory will remain fresh in me, the bow ever new in my hand.'
21 "Men and women listened when I spoke, hung expectantly on my every word. 21 "Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I spoke, they'd be quiet, taking it all in. 22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more; my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They welcomed my counsel like spring rain, drinking it all in. 23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they could hardly believe it; their faces lit up, their troubles took wing! 24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I was their leader, establishing the mood and setting the pace by which they lived. Where I led, they followed. 25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I dwelt as a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.