Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.
Job 29:1 So Iob proceeded and went foorth in his parable, saying: Job 29:2 O that I were as I was in the monethes by past, and in the daies when God preserued me: Job 29:3 When his light shined vpon my head, when I went after the same light and shining, euen through the darknesse: Job 29:4 As it stoode with me when I was young, when God prospered my house: Job 29:5 When the almightie was yet with me, when my children stoode about me: Job 29:6 When my wayes ranne ouer with butter, and when the stonie rockes gaue me riuers of oyle: Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate, euen to the iudgement seate, and when I prepared my seate in the streete: Job 29:8 The young men saw me and hid them selues, and the aged arose, and stoode vp. Job 29:9 The princes left of their talking, and layed their hand to their mouth: Job 29:10 The mightie kept still their voyce, and their tongue cleaued to the roofe of their mouth. Job 29:11 When the eare heard me, it blessed me: & when the eye sawe me, it gaue witnesse to me: Job 29:12 For I deliuered the poore when he cryed, and the fatherlesse, and hym that had none to helpe hym. Job 29:13 The blessing of him that was redy to perishe came vpon me, and I caused the widowes heart to reioyce. Job 29:14 And why? I put vpon me righteousnesse, which couered me as a garment, and equitie was my crowne. Job 29:15 I was an eye to the blinde, and a foote to the lame. Job 29:16 I was a father to the poore: and when I knewe not the cause, I sought it out diligently. Job 29:17 I brake the iawes of the vnrighteous man, and pluckt the spoyle out of his teeth. Job 29:18 Then I sayde, I shall die in my nest: and I shall multiplie my dayes as the sande. Job 29:19 For my roote was spread out by the waterside: and the deawe lay vpon my corne. Job 29:20 Myne honour encreased more and more, & my bow was euer the stronger in my hande. Job 29:21 Unto me men gaue eare, me they regarded, and with scilence they taried for my counsell. Job 29:22 After my woordes they replied not, and my talke dropped vpon them. Job 29:23 They wayted for me as for the raine: and gaped vpon me, as [the grounde doeth to receaue] the latter shoure. Job 29:24 When I laughed, they beleued it not, & the light of my countenaunce would they not put out. Job 29:25 When I agreed vnto their way, I was the chiefe, and sate as a king with his armie about him: and when they were in heauinesse, I was their comfortour.