Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.
Job 29:1 And Job continued his parable and said, Job 29:2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when +God preserved me; Job 29:3 When his lamp shone over my head, [and] by his light I walked through darkness; Job 29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret counsel of +God was over my tent, Job 29:5 When the Almighty was yet with me, my young men round about me; Job 29:6 When my steps were bathed in milk, and the rock poured out beside me rivers of oil! ... Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate by the city, when I prepared my seat on the broadway, Job 29:8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves; and the aged arose [and] stood up; Job 29:9 Princes refrained from talking, and laid the hand on their mouth; Job 29:10 The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to their palate. Job 29:11 When the ear heard [me], then it blessed me, and when the eye saw [me], it gave witness to me; Job 29:12 For I delivered the afflicted that cried, and the fatherless who had no helper. Job 29:13 The blessing of him that was perishing came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was as a mantle and a turban. Job 29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame; Job 29:16 I was a father to the needy, and the cause which I knew not I searched out; Job 29:17 And I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. Job 29:18 And I said, I shall die in my nest, and multiply my days as the sand; Job 29:19 My root shall be spread out to the waters, and the dew will lie all night on my branch; Job 29:20 My glory shall be fresh in me, and my bow be renewed in my hand. Job 29:21 Unto me they listened, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel: Job 29:22 After my words they spoke not again, and my speech dropped upon them; Job 29:23 And they waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. Job 29:24 [If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and they troubled not the serenity of my countenance. Job 29:25 I chose their way, and sat as chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth mourners.