Job 29 TNIV

Job's Final Defense

1 Job continued his discourse:1

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2 "How I long for the months gone by,2 for the days when God watched over me,3

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3 when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness!4

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4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship5 blessed my house,6

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5 when the Almighty was still with me and my children7 were around me,8

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6 when my path was drenched with cream9 and the rock10 poured out for me streams of olive oil.11

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7 "When I went to the gate12 of the city and took my seat in the public square,

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8 the young men saw me and stepped aside13 and the old men rose to their feet;14

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9 the chief men refrained from speaking15 and covered their mouths with their hands;16

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10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,17 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.18

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11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,19

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12 because I rescued the poor20 who cried for help, and the fatherless21 who had none to assist them.22

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13 Those who were dying blessed me;23 I made the widow's24 heart sing.

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14 I put on righteousness25 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.26

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15 I was eyes27 to the blind and feet to the lame.28

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16 I was a father to the needy;29 I took up the case30 of the stranger.31

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17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims32 from their teeth.33

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18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.34

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19 My roots will reach to the water,35 and the dew will lie all night on my branches.36

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20 My glory will remain fresh37 in me, the bow38 ever new in my hand.'39

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21 "People listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.40

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      22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;41 my words fell gently on their ears.42

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          23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.43

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          24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face44 was precious to them.a45

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            • a 29:24 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
              25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;46 I dwelt as a king47 among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.48

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