29 And Job again ztook up his discourse, and said:
2 “Oh, that I were as in the months of old,
as in the days when God watched over me,
3 when his alamp shone upon my head,
and by his light I walked through darkness,
4 as I was in my prime,1
when the bfriendship of God was upon my tent,
5 when the Almighty was yet with me,
when my cchildren were all around me,
6 when my steps were dwashed with ebutter,
and fthe rock poured out for me streams of goil!
7 When I went out to hthe gate of the city,
when I prepared my seat in the square,
8 the young men saw me and withdrew,
and the aged rose and stood;
9 the princes refrained from talking
and ilaid their hand on their mouth;
10 the voice of the nobles was hushed,
and their jtongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
and when the eye saw, it approved,
12 because I kdelivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13 lThe blessing of him who was mabout to perish came upon me,
and I caused nthe widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14 I oput on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice was like a robe and pa turban.
15 I was qeyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the needy,
and I searched out rthe cause of him whom I did not know.
17 I sbroke tthe fangs of the unrighteous
and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
18 uThen I thought, ‘I shall die in my vnest,
and I shall multiply my days as wthe sand,
19 my xroots spread out to ythe waters,
with the dew all night on my zbranches,
and my abow ever bnew in my hand.’
21 “Men listened to me and waited
and kept silence for my counsel.
22 After I spoke they did not speak again,
and my word cdropped upon them.
23 They waited for me as for the rain,
and they dopened their mouths as for the espring rain.
24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence,
and fthe light of my gface they did not cast down.
25 I chose their way and sat as chief,
and I lived like ha king among his troops,
like one who comforts mourners.
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