Bible: Job 29

IV. Job’s Concluding Soliloquy (29:1-31:40)

Job Recalls His Former Condition 1 

29:1 Then Job continued 2  his speech:

29:2O that I could be 3  as 4  I was

in the months now gone, 5 

in the days 6  when God watched 7  over me,

29:3 when 8  he caused 9  his lamp 10 

to shine upon my head,

and by his light

I walked 11  through darkness; 12 

29:4 just as I was in my most productive time, 13 

when God’s intimate friendship 14  was experienced in my tent,

29:5 when the Almighty 15  was still with me

and my children were 16  around me;

29:6 when my steps 17  were bathed 18  with butter 19 

and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil! 20 

29:7 When I went out to the city gate

and secured my seat in the public square, 21 

29:8 the young men would see me and step aside, 22 

and the old men would get up and remain standing;

29:9 the chief men refrained from talking

and covered their mouths with their hands;

29:10 the voices of the nobles fell silent, 23 

and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

Job’s Benevolence

29:11As soon as the ear heard these things, 24  it blessed me, 25 

and when the eye saw them, it bore witness to me,

29:12 for I rescued the poor who cried out for help,

and the orphan who 26  had no one to assist him;

29:13 the blessing of the dying man descended on me, 27 

and I made the widow’s heart rejoice; 28 

29:14 I put on righteousness and it clothed me, 29 

my just dealing 30  was like a robe and a turban;

29:15 I was eyes for the blind

and feet for the lame;

29:16 I was a father 31  to the needy,

and I investigated the case of the person I did not know;

29:17 I broke the fangs 32  of the wicked,

and made him drop 33  his prey from his teeth.

Job’s Confidence

29:18Then I thought, ‘I will die in my own home, 34 

my days as numerous as the grains of sand. 35 

29:19 My roots reach the water,

and the dew lies on my branches all night long.

29:20 My glory 36  will always be fresh 37  in me,

and my bow ever new in my hand.’

Job’s Reputation

29:21People 38  listened to me and waited silently; 39 

they kept silent for my advice.

29:22 After I had spoken, they did not respond;

my words fell on them drop by drop. 40 

29:23 They waited for me as people wait 41  for the rain,

and they opened their mouths 42 

as for 43  the spring rains.

29:24 If I smiled at them, they hardly believed it; 44 

and they did not cause the light of my face to darken. 45 

29:25 I chose 46  the way for them 47 

and sat as their chief; 48 

I lived like a king among his troops;

I was like one who comforts mourners. 49 

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