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Job 29 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

Job Continues

29 Job continued to speak:

“How I wish for the months that have passed.
    I wish for the days when God watched over me.
I wish for the days when God’s lamp shined on my head.
    And I wish for the time I walked through darkness by his light.
I wish for the days when I was at my strongest,
    when God’s close friendship blessed my house.
That was when my children were all around me.
    And God All-Powerful was still with me.
Life was so good. It was as if my path were covered with cream.
    It was as if even the rocks poured out streams of olive oil for me.
I would go to the city gate
    and sit in the public square.
When the young men saw me, they would step out of my way.
    And the old men would stand up in respect for me.
The leading men stopped speaking
    and covered their mouths with their hands.
10 The voices of the important men were quiet.
    It was as if each man’s tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth.
11 Anyone who heard me said good things about me.
    And those who saw me praised me.
12 This was because I saved the poor who cried for help.
    And I saved the orphan who had no one to help him.
13 The dying person blessed me.
    And I made the widow’s heart sing.
14 I put on right living as if it were clothing.
    I wore fairness as if it were my robe and my turban.
15 I tried to be eyes for the blind.
    And I tried to be feet for those who were crippled.
16 I was like a father to needy people.
    And I took the side of strangers when they were in trouble.
17 I broke the fangs of evil people.
    And I snatched from their teeth the people they wanted to hurt.

18 “I thought, ‘I will live for as many days as there are grains of sand.
    And I will die in my own house.
19 I will be like a tree whose roots reach down to the water.
    The dew will lie on the branches all night.
20 New honors will come to me continually.
    I will always have great strength.’

21 “People listened to me carefully.
    They waited quietly for my advice.
22 After I finished speaking, they spoke no more.
    My words fell very gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as they would for rain.
    They drank in my words as if they were spring rain.
24 I smiled at them when they doubted.
    And my approval was important to them.
25 I chose the right way for them and was their leader.
    I lived like a king among his army.
    I was like a person who gives comfort to sad people.

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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.


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