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

Other Translations of Job 29:4

King James Version

4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

English Standard Version

4 as I was in my prime,Hebrew my autumn days when the friendship of God was upon my tent,

The Message

4 Oh, how I miss those golden years when God's friendship graced my home,

New King James Version

4 Just as I was in the days of my prime, When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent;

New Living Translation

4 When I was in my prime, God's friendship was felt in my home.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 29:4

Commentary on Job 29:1-6

(Read Job 29:1-6)

Job proceeds to contrast his former prosperity with his present misery, through God's withdrawing from him. A gracious soul delights in God's smiles, not in the smiles of this world. Four things were then very pleasant to holy Job. 1. The confidence he had in the Divine protection. 2. The enjoyment he had of the Divine favour. 3. The communion he had with the Divine word. 4. The assurance he had of the Divine presence. God's presence with a man in his house, though it be but a cottage, makes it a castle and a palace. Then also he had comfort in his family. Riches and flourishing families, like a candle, may be soon extinguished. But when the mind is enlightened by the Holy Spirit, when a man walks in the light of God's countenance, every outward comfort is doubled, every trouble is diminished, and he may pass cheerfully by this light through life and through death. Yet the sensible comfort of this state is often withdrawn for a season; and commonly this arises from sinful neglect, and grieving the Holy Spirit: sometimes it may be a trial of a man's faith and grace. But it is needful to examine ourselves, to seek for the cause of such a change by fervent prayer, and to increase our watchfulness.