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f. Dwelling on his excellent past 29:1-25
Job 29 :1 29:1 Then Job again took up his discourse and said,
Job 29 :2 29:2 Oh that I were as in the months of old,
As in the days when God watched over me;
Job 29 :3 29:3 When His lamp shone over my head,
And by His light I walked through darkness;
Job 29 :4 29:4 As I was in the days of my 1prime,
When aintimate counsel with God was over my tent;
Job 29 :5 29:5 When the Almighty was yet with me,
And my children were around me;
Job 29 :6 29:6 When my steps were bathed in milk,
And the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
Job 29 :7 29:7 When I went out to the gate of the city,
When I prepared my seat in the square,
Job 29 :8 29:8 The young men saw me and hid themselves,
And the aged rose up and stood.
Job 29 :9 29:9 Princes refrained from talking
And laid their hand over their mouth.
Job 29 :10 29:10 The voice of the nobles was hushed,
And their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
Job 29 :11 29:11 For when the ear heard me, it blessed me;
And when the eye saw me, it bore witness to me;
Job 29 :12 29:12 Because I delivered the poor man who cried out,
And the orphan who had no one to help him.
Job 29 :13 29:13 The blessing of him who was perishing came upon me,
And I made the widow’s heart shout for joy.
Job 29 :14 29:14 I put on arighteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
Job 29 :15 29:15 I was eyes to the blind,
And I was feet to the lame.
Job 29 :16 29:16 I was a father to the needy,
And the cause of him whom I did not know I investigated.
Job 29 :17 29:17 I broke the jaws of the unjust
And made him drop the prey from his teeth.
Job 29 :18 29:18 Then I said, I will die in my nest,
And I will multiply my days like the sand.
Job 29 :19 29:19 My root is spread out to the water,
And dew abides on my branch at night.
Job 29 :20 29:20 My glory is always new with me,
And my bow is renewed in my hand.
Job 29 :21 29:21 Men listened to me and waited,
And they were silent for my counsel.
Job 29 :22 29:22 After my words they spoke not again,
And my speech distilled like adew upon them.
Job 29 :23 29:23 And they waited for me as for the rain,
And they opened their mouth wide as for the late rain.
Job 29 :24 29:24 I smiled on them — they could not believe it;
And they did not cast down the light of my countenance.
Job 29 :25 29:25 I chose the way for them and sat as chief,
And I dwelt as a king among the troops,
As one who comforts those who mourn.
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