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29 Moreover Iyov continued his mashal, and said,

Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when Eloah was shomer over me;

When His ner (lamp) shined upon my rosh, and when by His ohr I walked through choshech;

As I was in the days of my prime, when the Sod Eloah (friendship, counsel of G-d) was over my ohel;

When Shaddai was yet with me, when my children were around me;

When I washed my steps with khemah, and the tzur poured me out streams of shemen;

When I went out to the sha’ar through the city, when I took my moshav in the rekhov!

The ne’arim saw me, and stepped aside, and the aged arose, and stood up.

The sarim (nobles) refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

10 The nobles held their peace, and their leshon cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

11 When the ozen heard me, then it commended me; and when the ayin saw me, it did bear witness of me,

12 Because I delivered the oni that cried out, and the yatom that had no ozer (helper) for him.

13 The birkat oved (blessing of the oppressed) came upon me, and I caused the lev almanah to sing for joy.

14 I put on tzedek, and it clothed me; my mishpat was as a robe and a tzanif (turban).

15 I was eyes to the ivver, and feet was I to the pisei’ach.

16 I was an av to the evyonim (needy); and the cause which I knew not I investigated.

17 And I broke the fangs of the wicked, and plucked the prey out of his shinayim.

18 Then I said, I shall die in my ken (nest, house), and I shall multiply my yamim like the chol (sand).

19 My shoresh was spread out to the mayim, and the tal lay all night upon my branch.

20 My kavod was fresh with me, and my keshet was ever new in my yad.

21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my etzah (counsel).

22 Acharei (after) my words they spoke not again; and my speech fell upon them.

23 And they waited for me as for the matar; and they opened their mouth wide as for the malkosh (spring, late rain).

24 I smiled on them when they did not believe; and the ohr of my countenance they did not cast down.

25 I chose out their derech, and sat as Rosh, and dwelt as a melech with his army, as one that comforteth the avelim (mourners).

Job’s Final Defense

29 Job continued his discourse:(A)

“How I long for the months gone by,(B)
    for the days when God watched over me,(C)
when his lamp shone on my head
    and by his light I walked through darkness!(D)
Oh, for the days when I was in my prime,
    when God’s intimate friendship(E) blessed my house,(F)
when the Almighty was still with me
    and my children(G) were around me,(H)
when my path was drenched with cream(I)
    and the rock(J) poured out for me streams of olive oil.(K)

“When I went to the gate(L) of the city
    and took my seat in the public square,
the young men saw me and stepped aside(M)
    and the old men rose to their feet;(N)
the chief men refrained from speaking(O)
    and covered their mouths with their hands;(P)
10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,(Q)
    and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.(R)
11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me,
    and those who saw me commended me,(S)
12 because I rescued the poor(T) who cried for help,
    and the fatherless(U) who had none to assist them.(V)
13 The one who was dying blessed me;(W)
    I made the widow’s(X) heart sing.
14 I put on righteousness(Y) as my clothing;
    justice was my robe and my turban.(Z)
15 I was eyes(AA) to the blind
    and feet to the lame.(AB)
16 I was a father to the needy;(AC)
    I took up the case(AD) of the stranger.(AE)
17 I broke the fangs of the wicked
    and snatched the victims(AF) from their teeth.(AG)

18 “I thought, ‘I will die in my own house,
    my days as numerous as the grains of sand.(AH)
19 My roots will reach to the water,(AI)
    and the dew will lie all night on my branches.(AJ)
20 My glory will not fade;(AK)
    the bow(AL) will be ever new in my hand.’(AM)

21 “People listened to me expectantly,
    waiting in silence for my counsel.(AN)
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;(AO)
    my words fell gently on their ears.(AP)
23 They waited for me as for showers
    and drank in my words as the spring rain.(AQ)
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
    the light of my face(AR) was precious to them.[a](AS)
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;(AT)
    I dwelt as a king(AU) among his troops;
    I was like one who comforts mourners.(AV)


  1. Job 29:24 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.

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