Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.
Job 29:1 Job also added, taking up his parable, and said: Job 29:2 Who will grant me, that I might be according to the months past, according to the days in which God kept me? Job 29:3 When his lamp shined over my head, and I walked by his light in darkness? Job 29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when God was secretly in my tabernacle? Job 29:5 When the Almighty was with me: and my servants round about me? Job 29:6 When I washed my feet with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil? Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate of the city, and in the street they prepared me a chair? Job 29:8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the old men rose up and stood. Job 29:9 The princes ceased to speak, and laid the finger on their mouth. Job 29:10 The rulers held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to their throat. Job 29:11 The ear that heard me blessed me, and the eye that saw me gave witness to me: Job 29:12 Because I had delivered the poor man that cried out; and the fatherless, that had no helper. Job 29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me, and I comforted the heart of the widow. Job 29:14 I was clad with justice: and I clothed myself with my judgment, as with a robe and a diadem. Job 29:15 I was an eye to the blind, and a foot to the lame. Job 29:16 I was the father of the poor: and the cause which I knew not, I searched out most diligently. Job 29:17 I broke the jaws of the wicked man, and out of his teeth I took away the prey. Job 29:18 And I said: I shall die in my nest, and as a palm tree shall multiply my days. Job 29:19 My root is opened beside the waters, and dew shall continue in my harvest. Job 29:20 My glory shall always be renewed, and my bow in my hand shall be repaired. Job 29:21 They that heard me, waited for my sentence, and being attentive held their peace at my counsel. Job 29:22 To my words they durst add nothing, and my speech dropped upon them. Job 29:23 They waited for me as for rain, and they opened their mouth as for a latter shower. Job 29:24 If at any time I laughed on them, they believed not, and the light of my countenance fell not on earth. Job 29:25 If I had a mind to go to them, I sat first, and when I sat as a king, with his army standing about him, yet I was a comforter of them that mourned.