V. JOB’S FINAL SUMMARY OF HIS CAUSE CHAPTER 29 29 1[V] Job took up his theme again and said: 2Oh, that I were as in the months past, as in the days when God watched over me: 3While he kept his lamp shining above my head, and by his light I walked through darkness; 4As I was in my flourishing days, when God sheltered my tent; 5When the Almighty was still with me, and my children were round about me; 6When my footsteps were bathed in cream, and the rock flowed with streams of oil.[W] 7Whenever I went out to the gate of the city and took my seat in the square, 8The young men saw me and withdrew, and the elders rose up and stood; 9Officials refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands; 10The voice of the princes was silenced, and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths. 11The ear that heard blessed me; the eye that saw acclaimed me. 12For I rescued the poor who cried out for help, the orphans, and the unassisted; 13The blessing of those in extremity came upon me, and the heart of the widow I made joyful. 14I wore my righteousness like a garment; justice was my robe and my turban. 15I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame was I. 16I was a father to the poor; the complaint of the stranger I pursued, 17And I broke the jaws of the wicked man; from his teeth I forced the prey. 18I said: “In my own nest I shall grow old; I shall multiply years like the phoenix.[X] 19My root is spread out to the waters; the dew rests by night on my branches. 20My glory is fresh within me, and my bow is renewed in my hand!” 21For me they listened and waited; they were silent for my counsel. 22Once I spoke, they said no more, but received my pronouncement drop by drop. 23They waited for me as for the rain; they drank in my words like the spring rains. 24When I smiled on them they could not believe it; they would not let the light of my face be dimmed. 25I decided their course and sat at their head, I lived like a king among the troops, like one who comforts mourners.
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