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