NASB — Job 29 — KJV

Job’s Past Was Glorious

1 And Job again took up his adiscourse and said,
  2 “Oh that I were as in months gone by,
  As in the days when God awatched over me;
  3 When aHis lamp shone over my head,
  [And] bby His light I walked through darkness;
  4 As I was in Ithe prime of my days,
  When the IIafriendship of God [was] over my tent;
  5 When Ithe Almighty was yet with me,
  [And] my children were around me;
  6 When my steps were bathed in abutter,
  And the brock poured out for me streams of oil!
  7 “When I went out to athe gate of the city,
  When I Itook my seat in the square,
  8 The young men saw me and hid themselves,
  And the old men arose [and] stood.
  9 “The princes astopped talking
  And bput [their] hands on their mouths;
  10 The voice of the nobles was Iahushed,
  And their btongue stuck to their palate.
  11 “For when athe ear heard, it called me blessed,
  And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,
  12 Because I delivered athe poor who cried for help,
  And the borphan who had no helper.
  13 “The blessing of the one aready to perish came upon me,
  And I made the bwidow’s heart sing for joy.
  14 “I aput on righteousness, and it clothed me;
  My justice was like a robe and a turban.
  15 “I was aeyes to the blind
  And feet to the lame.
  16 “I was a father to athe needy,
  And I investigated the case which I did not know.
  17 “I abroke the jaws of the wicked
  And snatched the prey from his teeth.
  18 “Then I Ithought, ‘I shall die IIin my nest,
  And I shall multiply [my] days as the sand.
  19 ‘My aroot is spread out to the waters,
  And bdew lies all night on my branch.
  20 ‘My glory is [ever] new with me,
  And my abow is renewed in my hand.’

[1] aNu 23:7; 24:3; Jb 13:12; 27:1
[2] aJr 31:28
[3] aJb 18:6 bJb 11:17
[4] ILit the days of my autumn IILit counsel aJb 15:8; Ps 25:14; Pv 3:32
[5] IHeb Shaddai
[6] aDt 32:14; Jb 20:17 bDt 32:13; Ps 81:16
[7] ILit set up aJb 31:21
[9] aJb 29:21 bJb 21:5
[10] ILit hidden aJb 29:22 bPs 137:6
[11] aJb 4:3, 4
[12] aJb 24:4, 9; 34:28; Ps 72:12; Pv 21:13 bJb 31:17, 21
[13] aJb 31:19 bJb 22:9
[14] aJb 27:5, 6; Ps 132:9; Is 59:17; 61:10; Ep 6:14
[15] aNu 10:31
[16] aJb 24:4; Pv 29:7
[17] aPs 3:7
[18] ILit said IILit with
[19] aJr 17:8 bHo 14:5
[20] aGn 49:24; Ps 18:34

  21 ¶ “To me athey listened and waited,
  And kept silent for my counsel.
  22 “After my words they did not aspeak again,
  And bmy speech dropped on them.
  23 “They waited for me as for the rain,
  And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.
  24 “I smiled on them when they did not believe,
  And the light of my face they did not cast down.
  25 “I chose a way for them and sat as achief,
  And dwelt as a king among the troops,
  As one who bcomforted the mourners.

[21] aJb 4:3; 29:9
[22] aJb 29:10 bDt 32:2
[25] aJb 1:3; 31:37 bJb 4:4; 16:5


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Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.

1 ¶ Moreover Job continued 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 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 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 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 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.

[1] Jb 27:1.
[2] Jb 1:1, 10; 7:3; Ps 37:28; Jde 1:1.
[3] Jb 18:6; 21:17; 22:28; Ps 4:6; 18:28; 23:4; 27:1; 84:11; Pv 13:9; 20:20; 24:20; Is 2:4; Jn 8:12; 12:46; Ep 5:8, 14.
[4] Jb 1:10; 15:8; Ps 25:14; 27:5; 91:1; Pv 3:32; Col 3:3.
[5] Dt 33:27; Jsh 1:9; Jg 6:12; Jb 1:2; 23:3, 8; 42:13; Ps 30:7; 43:2; 44:8; 127:3; 128:3; Pv 17:6; So 2:4; 3:1; Jr 14:8; Mt 9:15.
[6] Gn 49:11; Dt 32:13; 33:24; Jb 20:17; Ps 81:16.
[7] Dt 16:18; 21:19; Ru 4:1, 11; Zc 8:16.
[8] Lv 19:32; Pv 16:31; 20:8; Ro 13:3, 7; Tit 3:1; 1P 2:17; 5:5.
[9] Jg 18:19; Jb 4:2; 7:11; 21:5; 40:4; Pv 10:19; 30:32; Jm 1:19.
[10] Ps 137:6; Ezk 3:26.
[11] Jb 31:20; Pv 29:2; Lk 4:22; 11:27.
[12] Ex 22:22; Dt 10:18; Ne 5:2; Jb 22:5; Ps 68:5; 72:12; 82:2; Pv 21:13; 24:11; Jr 22:16; Jm 1:27.
[13] Dt 16:11; 24:13; 26:5; Ne 8:10; Jb 31:19; Ps 67:4; Pv 31:6; Is 27:13; 65:14; Ac 9:39; 2Co 9:12; 2Ti 1:16; Phm 1:7.
[14] Dt 24:13; Ps 132:9; Is 28:5; 59:17; 61:10; 62:3; Ro 13:14; 2Co 6:7; Ep 6:14; 1Th 5:8; Rv 19:8.
[15] Nu 10:31; Mt 11:5; 1Co 12:12.
[16] Ex 18:26; Dt 13:14; 17:8; 1K 3:16; Es 2:7; Jb 31:18; Ps 68:5; Pv 25:2; 29:7; Ep 5:1; Jm 1:27.
[17] 1S 17:35; Ps 3:7; 58:8; 124:3, 6; Pv 30:14.
[18] Gn 32:12; 41:49; Jb 5:26; 42:16; Ps 30:6; 91:16; Jr 22:23; 49:16; Ob 1:4; Hab 2:9.
[19] Jb 18:16; Ps 1:3; Jr 17:8; Ho 14:5.
[20] Gn 45:13; 49:24; Jb 19:9; 29:14; Ps 3:3; 103:5; Is 40:31; 2Co 4:16.
[21] Jb 29:9; 32:11.
[22] Dt 32:2; Jb 32:15; 33:31; So 4:11; Is 52:15; Ezk 20:46; Am 7:16; Mi 2:6; Mt 22:46.
[23] Ps 72:6; Ho 6:3; Zc 10:1.
[24] Gn 45:26; Ps 4:6; 89:15; 126:1; Lk 24:41.
[25] Gn 14:14; 41:40; Dt 33:5; Jg 11:8; 2S 5:2; 1Ch 13:1; Jb 4:3; Is 35:3; 61:1; 2Co 1:3; 7:5; 1Th 3:2.


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