Job 29

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

Job Recalls His Former Condition1

29:1 Then Job continued2 his speech:

29:2 “O that I could be3 as4 I was

in the months now gone,5

in the days6 when God watched7 over me,

29:3 when8 he caused9 his lamp10

to shine upon my head,

and by his light

I walked11 through darkness;12

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

when God’s intimate friendship14 was experienced in my tent,

29:5 when the Almighty15 was still with me

and my children were16 around me;

29:6 when my steps17 were bathed18 with butter19

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

29:11 “As 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 who26 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 dealing30 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 father31 to the needy,

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

29:17 I broke the fangs32 of the wicked,

and made him drop33 his prey from his teeth.

Job’s Confidence

29:18 “Then 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 glory36 will always be fresh37 in me,

and my bow ever new in my hand.’

Job’s Reputation

29:21 “People38 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 wait41 for the rain,

and they opened their mouths42

as for43 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 chose46 the way for them47

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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