Job 29 King James Version

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Job Recalls His Former Glory

29 Moreover Job continued [1] his parable, and said, 2  Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; 3  When his candle [2] shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; 4  As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; 5  When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; 6  When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

7  When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! 8  The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up. 9  The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. 10  The nobles [3] held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. 11  When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: 12  Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. 13  The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. 14  I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. 15  I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. 16  I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. 17  And I brake the jaws [4] of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

18  Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand. 19  My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch. 20  My glory was fresh [5] in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand. 21  Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. 22  After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. 23  And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. 24  If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down. 25  I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

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Footnotes

[1] 29:1 continued: Heb. added to take up

[2] 29:3 candle: or, lamp

[3] 29:10 The nobles...: Heb. The voice of the nobles was hid

[4] 29:17 the jaws: Heb. the jawteeth, or, the grinders

[5] 29:20 fresh: Heb. new

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