8 the young men saw me and stepped aside and the old men rose to their feet;

Other Translations of Job 29:8

King James Version

8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.

English Standard Version

8 the young men saw me and withdrew, and the aged rose and stood;

The Message

8 Young and old greeted me with respect; I was honored by everyone in town.

New King James Version

8 The young men saw me and hid, And the aged arose and stood;

New Living Translation

8 The young stepped aside when they saw me, and even the aged rose in respect at my coming.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 29:8

Commentary on Job 29:7-17

(Read Job 29:7-17)

All sorts of people paid respect to Job, not only for the dignity of his rank, but for his personal merit, his prudence, integrity, and good management. Happy the men who are blessed with such gifts as these! They have great opportunities of honouring God and doing good, but have great need to watch against pride. Happy the people who are blessed with such men! it is a token for good to them. Here we see what Job valued himself by, in the day of his prosperity. It was by his usefulness. He valued himself by the check he gave to the violence of proud and evil men. Good magistrates must thus be a restraint to evil-doers, and protect the innocent; in order to this, they should arm themselves with zeal and resolution. Such men are public blessings, and resemble Him who rescues poor sinners from Satan. How many who were ready to perish, now are blessing Him! But who can show forth His praises? May we trust in His mercy, and seek to imitate His truth, justice, and love.