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Job 29 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job’s Summary Defense
Job Speaks of Past Wealth
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:1 - Job further continued his discourse, and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:2 - “Oh, that I were as in months past,
As in the days when God watched over me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:3 - When His lamp shone upon my head,
And when by His light I walked through darkness;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:4 - Just as I was in the days of my prime,
When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:5 - When the Almighty was yet with me,
When my children were around me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:6 - When my steps were bathed with cream,[fn]
And the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:7 - “When I went out to the gate by the city,
When I took my seat in the open square,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:8 - The young men saw me and hid,
And the aged arose and stood;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:9 - The princes refrained from talking,
And put their hand on their mouth;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:10 - The voice of nobles was hushed,
And their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:11 - When the ear heard, then it blessed me,
And when the eye saw, then it approved me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:12 - Because I delivered the poor who cried out,
The fatherless and the one who had no helper.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:13 - The blessing of a perishing man came upon me,
And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:14 - I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:15 - I was eyes to the blind,
And I was feet to the lame.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:16 - I was a father to the poor,
And I searched out the case that I did not know.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:17 - I broke the fangs of the wicked,
And plucked the victim from his teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:18 - “Then I said, ‘I shall die in my nest,
And multiply my days as the sand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:19 - My root is spread out to the waters,
And the dew lies all night on my branch.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:20 - My glory is fresh within me,
And my bow is renewed in my hand.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:21 - Men listened to me and waited,
And kept silence for my counsel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:22 - After my words they did not speak again,
And my speech settled on them as dew.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:23 - They waited for me as for the rain,
And they opened their mouth wide as for the spring rain.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:24 - If I mocked at them, they did not believe it,
And the light of my countenance they did not cast down.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 29:25 - I chose the way for them, and sat as chief;
So I dwelt as a king in the army,
As one who comforts mourners.
NKJV Footnotes
Masoretic Text reads wrath; ancient versions and some Hebrew manuscripts read cream (compare 20:17).

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