29 Job further continued his discourse, and said:
2 “Oh, that I were as in months apast,
As in the days when God bwatched over me;
3 cWhen His lamp shone upon my head,
And when by His light I walked through darkness;
When dthe friendly counsel of God was over my tent;
When my children were around me;
And fthe rock poured out rivers of oil for me!
When I took my seat in the open square,
And the aged arose and stood;
And gput their hand on their mouth;
And their htongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
And when the eye saw, then it approved me;
12 Because iI delivered the poor who cried out,
The fatherless and the one who had no helper.
And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14 jI put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 I was keyes to the blind,
And I was feet to the lame.
And lI searched out the case that I did not know.
17 I broke mthe fangs of the wicked,
And plucked the victim from his teeth.
18 “Then I said, n‘I shall die in my nest,
And multiply my days as the sand.
And the dew lies all night on my branch.
And my qbow is renewed in my hand.’
And kept silence for my counsel.
And my speech settled on them as dew.
And they opened their mouth wide as for rthe spring rain.
And the light of my countenance they did not cast down.
So I dwelt as a king in the army,
As one who comforts mourners.
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