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Job 29 (Today's New International Version)

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Job's Final Defense

1 Job continued his discourse:1 2 "How I long for the months gone by,2 for the days when God watched over me,3 3 when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness!4 4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship5 blessed my house,6 5 when the Almighty was still with me and my children7 were around me,8 6 when my path was drenched with cream9 and the rock10 poured out for me streams of olive oil.11 7 "When I went to the gate12 of the city and took my seat in the public square, 8 the young men saw me and stepped aside13 and the old men rose to their feet;14 9 the chief men refrained from speaking15 and covered their mouths with their hands;16 10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,17 and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.18 11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,19 12 because I rescued the poor20 who cried for help, and the fatherless21 who had none to assist them.22 13 Those who were dying blessed me;23 I made the widow's24 heart sing. 14 I put on righteousness25 as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.26 15 I was eyes27 to the blind and feet to the lame.28 16 I was a father to the needy;29 I took up the case30 of the stranger.31 17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims32 from their teeth.33 18 "I thought, 'I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.34 19 My roots will reach to the water,35 and the dew will lie all night on my branches.36 20 My glory will remain fresh37 in me, the bow38 ever new in my hand.'39 21 "People listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.40 22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;41 my words fell gently on their ears.42 23 They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.43 24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face44 was precious to them.a45 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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