Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.
Job 29:1 So Iob proceeded and continued his parable, saying, Job 29:2 Oh that I were as in times past, when God preserued me! Job 29:3 When his light shined vpon mine head: and when by his light I walked thorowe the darkenesse, Job 29:4 As I was in the dayes of my youth: when Gods prouidence was vpon my tabernacle: Job 29:5 When the almightie was yet with me, and my children round about me. Job 29:6 When I washed my pathes with butter, & when the rocke powred me out riuers of oyle: Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate, euen to the iudgement seat, and when I caused them to prepare my seate in the streete. Job 29:8 The yong men saw me, & hid themselues, and the aged arose, and stood vp. Job 29:9 The princes stayed talke, and layde their hand on their mouth. Job 29:10 The voyce of princes was hidde, and their tongue cleaued to the roofe of their mouth. Job 29:11 And when the eare heard me, it blessed me: and when the eye sawe me, it gaue witnesse to me. Job 29:12 For I deliuered the poore that cryed, and the fatherlesse, and him that had none to helpe him. Job 29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish, came vpon me, and I caused the widowes heart to reioyce. Job 29:14 I put on iustice, and it couered me: my iudgement was as a robe, and a crowne. Job 29:15 I was the eyes to the blinde, and I was the feete to the lame. Job 29:16 I was a father vnto the poore, and when I knewe not the cause, I sought it out diligently. Job 29:17 I brake also the chawes of the vnrighteous man, and pluckt the praye out of his teeth. Job 29:18 Then I sayde, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiplie my dayes as the sand. Job 29:19 For my roote is spread out by the water, and the dewe shall lye vpon my branche. Job 29:20 My glory shall renue towarde me, and my bowe shall be restored in mine hand. Job 29:21 Vnto me men gaue eare, and wayted, and helde their tongue at my counsell. Job 29:22 After my wordes they replied not, and my talke dropped vpon them. Job 29:23 And they wayted for me, as for the raine, and they opened their mouth as for the latter rayne. Job 29:24 If I laughed on them, they beleeued it not: neither did they cause the light of my countenance to fall. Job 29:25 I appoynted out their way, and did sit as chiefe, and dwelt as a King in the army, and like him that comforteth the mourners.