Job 29:15

15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.

Job 29:15 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
English Standard Version (ESV)
15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
New Living Translation (NLT)
15 I served as eyes for the blind and feet for the lame.
The Message Bible (MSG)
15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame,
American Standard Version (ASV)
15 I was eyes to the blind, And feet was I to the lame.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
15 I was eyes for the blind person. I was feet for the lame person.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
15 I was like eyes for those who were blind. I was like feet for those who couldn't walk.

Job 29:15 Meaning and Commentary

Job 29:15

I was eyes to the blind
Either in a literal sense: there was a law in Israel against putting a stumbling block before the blind, and a curse pronounced on those that caused them to wander out of the way; which implied that they ought to remove all impediments out of their way, and should lead, guide, and direct them in the right way; and this Job might do, if not in his own person, yet by his servants, and so was as eyes unto them, and especially by taking care of and providing for persons in such circumstances: or rather in a civil sense; such who were in perplexity and distress, oppressed by their neighbours, but did not know how to get justice done them, what steps to take, or methods to pursue, to obtain their right or secure it; these Job instructed with his good advice and counsel, and put them into a way of proceeding whereby they could be extricated out of their difficulties, and peaceably enjoy their own, see ( Numbers 10:31 ) , and it might be true of him in a spiritual sense; that he was eyes to his blind Heathen neighbours among whom he dwelt; who were ignorant of God, and of the living Redeemer, and of the way of life and salvation by him, and of their miserable and lost estate, and of their need of a Saviour; not being acquainted with the nature of sin, and the sad consequences of it, and with the way of atonement for it, nor with the mind and will of God, and the worship of him; all which he might be a means of enlightening their minds with: Eliphaz owns he instructed many, ( Job 4:3 ) ; thus ministers of the Gospel are eyes to the blind; for though they cannot give eyes, or spiritual sight to men, which is only from the Lord, yet they may be instruments of opening blind eyes, and of turning men from darkness to light, as the word preached by them is a means of "enlightening the eyes", ( Acts 26:18 ) ( Psalms 19:8 ) ; whereby men come to see their lost estate, and the way of salvation by Christ:

and feet [was] I to the lame;
either in a literal sense, as David was to Mephibosheth, when he sent for and maintained him at his own table, so that he had no occasion to seek for his bread elsewhere, ( 2 Samuel 9:13 ) ; and Job might make a provision in some way or another for such sort of persons: or rather in a civil sense, such who were engaged in law suits, and had justice on their side, but for want of friends or money, or both, could not carry them on; these Job supported and supplied, and carried them through their suits, and got their cause for them.

Job 29:15 In-Context

13 The one who was dying blessed me; I made the widow’s heart sing.
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.
16 I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.
17 I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.

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