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Job 29 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Job’s Final Claim of Innocence

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Job continued his discourse, saying:

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If only I could be as in months gone by,

in the days when God watched over me,

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when His lamp shone above my head,

and I walked through darkness by His light! 

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I would be as I was in the days of my youth

when God’s friendship  rested on my tent,

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when the Almighty was still with me

and my children were around me,

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when my feet were bathed in cream

and the rock  poured out streams of oil for me!

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When I went out to the city gate 

and took my seat in the town square,

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the young men saw me and withdrew,

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City officials stopped talking

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The noblemen’s voices were hushed,

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When they heard me, they blessed me,

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For I rescued the poor man who cried out for help,

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The dying man blessed me,

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I clothed myself in righteousness, 

and it enveloped me;

my just decisions were like a robe and a turban.

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I was eyes to the blind

and feet to the lame. 

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I was a father to the needy,

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I shattered the fangs of the unjust 

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So I thought: I will die in my own nest

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My roots will have access to water, 

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My strength will be refreshed within me,

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Men listened to me with expectation,

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After a word from me they did not speak again;

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They waited for me as for the rain

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If I smiled at them, they couldn’t believe it;

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I directed their course and presided as chief.

I lived as a king among his troops,

like one who comforts those who mourn.

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Lit When an ear heard, it called me blessed, and when an eye saw, it testified for me
Or as the phoenix
Lit they did not cast down

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