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Chapter 29

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1Job again took up his discourse and said:

2“O that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me; 3when his lamp shone over my head, and by his light I walked through darkness; 4when I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent; 5when the Almighty a Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai was still with me, when my children were around me; 6when my steps were washed with milk, and the rock poured out for me streams of oil! 7When I went out to the gate of the city, when I took my seat in the square, 8the young men saw me and withdrew, and the aged rose up and stood; 9the nobles refrained from talking, and laid their hands on their mouths; 10the voices of princes were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths. 11When the ear heard, it commended me, and when the eye saw, it approved; 12because I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper. 13The blessing of the wretched came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. 14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. 15I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. 16I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause of the stranger. 17I broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made them drop their prey from their teeth. 18Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days like the phoenix; b Or like sand 19my roots spread out to the waters, with the dew all night on my branches; 20my glory was fresh with me, and my bow ever new in my hand.’

21“They listened to me, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel. 22After I spoke they did not speak again, and my word dropped upon them like dew. c Heb lacks like dew 23They waited for me as for the rain; they opened their mouths as for the spring rain. 24I smiled on them when they had no confidence; and the light of my countenance they did not extinguish. d Meaning of Heb uncertain 25I chose their way, and sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

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a Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai

b Or like sand

c Heb lacks like dew

d Meaning of Heb uncertain

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