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Job 29 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 And Job again took up the word and said, 1 Job continued his discourse:
2 If only I might again be as I was in the months which are past, in the days when God was watching over me! 2 "How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,
3 When his light was shining over my head, and when I went through the dark by his light. 3 when his lamp shone upon my head and by his light I walked through darkness!
4 As I was in my flowering years, when my tent was covered by the hand of God; 4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship blessed my house,
5 While the Ruler of all was still with me, and my children were round me; 5 when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,
6 When my steps were washed with milk, and rivers of oil were flowing out of the rock for me. 6 when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.
7 When I went out of my door to go up to the town, and took my seat in the public place, 7 "When I went to the gate of the city and took my seat in the public square,
8 The young men saw me, and went away, and the old men got up from their seats; 8 the young men saw me and stepped aside and the old men rose to their feet;
9 The rulers kept quiet, and put their hands on their mouths; 9 the chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;
10 The chiefs kept back their words, and their tongues were joined to the roofs of their mouths. 10 the voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
11 For when it came to their ears, men said that I was truly happy; and when their eyes saw, they gave witness to me; 11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,
12 For I was a saviour to the poor when he was crying for help, to the child with no father, and to him who had no supporter. 12 because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him.
13 The blessing of him who was near to destruction came on me, and I put a song of joy into the widow's heart. 13 The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow's heart sing.
14 I put on righteousness as my clothing, and was full of it; right decisions were to me a robe and a head-dress. 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 him who had no power of walking. 15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the poor, searching out the cause of him who was strange to me. 16 I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.
17 By me the great teeth of the evil-doer were broken, and I made him give up what he had violently taken away. 17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.
18 Then I said, I will come to my end with my children round me, my days will be as the sand in number; 18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.
19 My root will be open to the waters, and the night mist will be on my branches, 19 My roots will reach to the water, and the dew will lie all night on my branches.
20 My glory will be ever new, and my bow will be readily bent in my hand. 20 My glory will remain fresh in me, the bow ever new in my hand.'
21 Men gave ear to me, waiting and keeping quiet for my suggestions. 21 "Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had said what was in my mind, they were quiet and let my words go deep into their hearts; 22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more; my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They were waiting for me as for the rain, opening their mouths wide as for the spring rains. 23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 I was laughing at them when they had no hope, and the light of my face was never clouded by their fear. 24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I took my place as a chief, guiding them on their way, and I was as a king among his army. ... 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.