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Job’s Final Defense

29 Moreover Job continued his discourse:

“Oh, that I were as in months past,
    as in the days when God watched over me;
when His lamp shone upon my head,
    and when by His light I walked through darkness;
as I was in the days of my autumn youth,
    when the friendly counsel of God was over my tent;
when the Almighty was still with me,
    when my children were around me;
when my steps were bathed in butter,
    and the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!

“When I went out to the gate of the city,
    when I took my seat in the square,
the young men saw me and hid themselves,
    and the aged arose and stood up.
The princes refrained from talking,
    and put their hand on their mouth.
10 The nobles held their peace,
    and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard, then it blessed me;
    and when the eye saw, then it approved me,
12 because I delivered the poor who cried,
    and the fatherless, and him who had none to help him.
13 The blessing of the perishing man came upon me,
    and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
    my judgment was like a robe and a diadem.
15 I was eyes for the blind,
    and I was feet for the lame.
16 I was a father to the poor,
    and I searched out the case that I did not know.
17 I broke the jaws of the wicked
    and plucked the victim from his teeth.

18 “Then I said, ‘I will die in my nest,
    and I will multiply my days as the sand.
19 My root was spread out by the waters,
    and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
20 My glory was fresh in me,
    and my bow was renewed in my hand.’

21 “Men listened to me and waited,
    and kept silence for my counsel.
22 After my words they did not speak again,
    and my speech settled on them like dew.
23 They waited for me as for the rain,
    and they opened their mouth wide as for the spring rain.
24 If I mocked at them, they did not believe it,
    and the light of my countenance they did not cast down.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as chief,
    and lived as a king in the army,
    as one who comforts mourners.