Job 29 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Job’s Past Was Glorious
29 And Job again took up his discussion and said,
“Oh, that I were as in the months of old,
As in the days when God watched over me,
When His lamp shone upon my head
And by His light I walked through darkness;
As I was in the prime of my days,
When the friendship and counsel of God were over my tent,
When the Almighty was still with me
And my boys were around me,
When my steps [through rich pastures] were washed with butter and cream [from my livestock],
And the rock poured out for me streams of oil [from my olive groves].
“When I went out to the gate of the city,
When I took my seat [as a city father] in the square,
The young men saw me and hid themselves,
The aged arose and stood [respectfully];
The princes stopped talking
And put their hands on their mouths;
The voices of the nobles were hushed,
And their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
“For when an ear heard [my name mentioned], it called me happy and fortunate;
And when an eye saw [me], it testified for me [approvingly],
Because I rescued the poor who cried for help,
And the orphan who had no helper.
“The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,
And I made the widow’s heart sing for joy.
“I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban!
“I was eyes to the blind
And I was feet to the lame.
“I was a father to the needy;
I investigated the case I did not know [and assured justice].
“And I smashed the jaws of the wicked
And snatched the prey from his teeth.
“Then I said, ‘I shall die in my nest,
And I shall multiply my days as the sand.
‘My root is spread out and open to the waters,
And the dew lies all night upon my branch.
‘My glory and honor are fresh in me [being constantly renewed],
And my bow gains [ever] new strength in my hand.’
“They listened to me and waited
And kept silent for my counsel.
“After I spoke, they did not speak again,
And my speech dropped upon them [like a refreshing shower].
“They waited for me [and for my words] as for the rain,
And they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
“I smiled at them when they did not believe,
And they did not diminish the light of my face.
“I chose a way for them and sat as chief,
And dwelt as a king among his soldiers,
As one who comforts mourners.
Job 29 New International Version (NIV)
Job’s Final Defense
29 Job continued his discourse:
2 “How I long for the months gone by,
for the days when God watched over me,
3 when his lamp shone on my head
and by his light I walked through darkness!
4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime,
when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house,
5 when the Almighty was still with me
and my children were around me,
6 when my path was drenched with cream
and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.
7 “When I went to the gate of the city
and took my seat in the public square,
8 the young men saw me and stepped aside
and the old men rose to their feet;
9 the chief men refrained from speaking
and covered their mouths with their hands;
10 the voices of the nobles were hushed,
and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me,
and those who saw me commended me,
12 because I rescued the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to assist them.
13 The one who was dying blessed me;
I made the widow’s heart sing.
14 I put on righteousness as my clothing;
justice was my robe and my turban.
15 I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the needy;
I took up the case of the stranger.
17 I broke the fangs of the wicked
and snatched the victims from their teeth.
18 “I thought, ‘I will die in my own house,
my days as numerous as the grains of sand.
19 My roots will reach to the water,
and the dew will lie all night on my branches.
20 My glory will not fade;
the bow will be ever new in my hand.’
21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.