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Job 29 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

VI. Job’s Final Summary of His Cause

Chapter 29

[a]Job took up his theme again and said:

Oh, that I were as in the months past,
    as in the days when God watched over me:
While he kept his lamp shining above my head,
    and by his light I walked through darkness;
As I was in my flourishing days,
    when God sheltered my tent;
When the Almighty was still with me,
    and my children were round about me;
When my footsteps were bathed in cream,
    and the rock flowed with streams of oil.[b]
Whenever I went out to the gate of the city
    and took my seat in the square,
The young men saw me and withdrew,
    and the elders rose up and stood;
Officials refrained from speaking
    and covered their mouths with their hands;
10 The voice of the princes was silenced,
    and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.
11 The ear that heard blessed me;
    the eye that saw acclaimed me.
12 For I rescued the poor who cried out for help,
    the orphans, and the unassisted;
13 The blessing of those in extremity came upon me,
    and the heart of the widow I made joyful.
14 I wore my righteousness like a garment;
    justice was my robe and my turban.
15 I was eyes to the blind,
    and feet to the lame was I.
16 I was a father to the poor;
    the complaint of the stranger I pursued,
17 And I broke the jaws of the wicked man;
    from his teeth I forced the prey.
18 I said: “In my own nest I shall grow old;
    I shall multiply years like the phoenix.[c]
19 My root is spread out to the waters;
    the dew rests by night on my branches.
20 My glory is fresh within me,
    and my bow is renewed in my hand!”
21 For me they listened and waited;
    they were silent for my counsel.
22 Once I spoke, they said no more,
    but received my pronouncement drop by drop.
23 They waited for me as for the rain;
    they drank in my words like the spring rains.
24 When I smiled on them they could not believe it;
    they would not let the light of my face be dimmed.
25 I decided their course and sat at their head,
    I lived like a king among the troops,
    like one who comforts mourners.


  1. 29:1 This chapter begins Job’s soliloquy, which will end in 31:40. He describes in florid and exaggerated terms his former lifestyle with all its blessings, a deliberate contrast to his current plight, which will be further described in chap. 30.
  2. 29:6 Hyperbole to express abundance; see note on 20:17.
  3. 29:18 Phoenix: a legendary bird which, after several centuries of life, consumed itself in fire, then rose from its ashes in youthful freshness.
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