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Job 29

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