Job Chapter 29

1Job calleth to mind his former prosperity and honour, and the worthy use he had made of it.
1 Moreover Job acontinued his parable, and said,
2 Oh that I were as in 1months past, as in the days when God preserved me;
3 When his acandle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;
4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the 1secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
5 When the 1Almighty was yet with me, when 2my children were about me;
6 When 1I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured ame out rivers of oil;
7 When I went out 1to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!
8 The young men saw me, and 1hid themselves: and the aged 2arose, and stood up.
9 The princes 1refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
10 aThe nobles held their peace, and their tongue 1cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
11 1When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
12 Because 1I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
13 The 1blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14 1I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
15 I was 1eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
16 I was 1a father to the poor: and the 2cause which I knew not I searched out.
17 And I 1brake athe jaws of the wicked, and bplucked the spoil out of his teeth.
18 Then 1I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days 2as the sand.
19 My 1root was aspread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my 2branch.
20 My 1glory was afresh in me, and my bow was brenewed in my hand.
21 1Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
22 1After my words they spake not again; and my speech 2dropped upon them.
23 And 1they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for 2the latter rain.
24 if I laughed on them, they 1believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
25 1I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that 2comforteth the mourners.