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Job 29 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Job’s Final Speech

29 Job continued to speak. He said,

“How I long for the times when things were better!
    That’s when God watched over me.
The light of his lamp shone on me.
    I walked through darkness by his light.
Those were the best days of my life.
    That’s when God’s friendship blessed my house.
The Mighty One was still with me.
    My children were all around me.
The path in front of me was like sweet cream.
    It was as if the rock poured out olive oil for me.

“In those days I went to the city gate.
    I took my seat as a member of the council.
Young people who saw me stepped to one side.
    Old people stood up as I approached.
The leaders stopped speaking.
    They covered their mouths with their hands.
10 The voices of the nobles became quiet.
    Their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.
11 Everyone who heard me said good things about me.
    Those who saw me honored me.
12 That’s because I saved poor people who cried out for help.
    I saved helpless children whose fathers had died.
13 Those who were dying gave me their blessing.
    I made the hearts of widows sing.
14 I put on a godly life as if it were my clothes.
    Fairness was my robe and my turban.
15 I was like eyes for those who were blind.
    I was like feet for those who couldn’t walk.
16 I was like a father to needy people.
    I stood up for strangers in court.
17 Sinners are like animals that have powerful teeth.
    But I took from their mouths the people they had caught.

18 “I thought, ‘I’ll die in my own house.
    The days of my life will be as many as the grains of sand.
19 My roots will reach down to the water.
    The dew will lie all night on my branches.
20 I will remain healthy and strong.
    My bow will stay as good as new in my hand.’

21 “People wanted to hear what I had to say.
    They waited silently for the advice I gave them.
22 After I had spoken, they didn’t speak anymore.
    My words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me just as they would wait for rain showers.
    They drank my words just as they would drink the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they could hardly believe it.
    The light of my face lifted their spirits.
25 I chose the way they should go. I sat as their chief.
    I lived as a king lives among his troops.
    I was like someone who comforts those who are sad.

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Job 29 New International Version (NIV)

Job’s Final Defense

29 Job continued his discourse:

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

“When I went to the gate of the city
    and took my seat in the public square,
the young men saw me and stepped aside
    and the old men rose to their feet;
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.[a]
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.

Footnotes:

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