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Job 29

Job's Past Was Glorious

1 And Job again took up his 1discourse and said,
2 "Oh * that I were as in months gone by, As in the days when God 2watched over me;
3 When 3His lamp shone over my head, And 4by His light I walked through darkness;
4 As I was in the prime of my days, When the 5friendship of God was over my tent;
5 When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were around me;
6 When my steps were bathed in 6butter, And the 7rock poured out for me streams of oil!
7 "When I went out to 8the gate of the city, When I took my seat in the square,
8 The young men saw me and hid themselves, And the old men arose and stood.
9 "The princes 9stopped talking And 10put their hands on their mouths;
10 The voice of the nobles was 11hushed, And their 12tongue stuck to their palate.
11 "For when 13the ear heard, it called me blessed, And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,
12 Because I delivered 14the poor who cried for help, And the 15orphan who had no helper.
13 "The blessing of the one 16ready to perish came upon me, And I made the 17widow's heart sing for joy.
14 "I 18put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 "I was 19eyes to the blind And feet to the lame.
16 "I was a father to 20the needy, And I investigated the case which I did not know.
17 "I 21broke the jaws of the wicked And snatched the prey from his teeth.
18 "Then I thought, 'I shall die in my nest, And I shall multiply my days as the sand.
19 'My 22root is spread out to the waters, And 23dew lies all night on my branch.
20 'My glory is ever new with me, And my 24bow is renewed in my hand.'
21 "To me 25they listened and waited, And kept silent for my counsel.
22 "After my words they did not 26speak again, And 27my speech dropped on them.
23 "They waited for me as for the rain, And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.
24 "I smiled on them when they did not believe, And the light of my face they did not cast down.
25 "I chose a way for them and sat as 28chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who 29comforted the mourners.
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