Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.
Job 29:1 So Iob proceaded and went forth in his communicacyon, sayenge. Job 29:2 O that I were as I was in þe monethes by past, and in the dayes when God preserued me: Job 29:3 when his light shyned vpon my head: when I wente after the same lyght and shynynge, euen thorowe the darcknesse. Job 29:4 As it stode with me when I was yonge: when God prospered my house: Job 29:5 when the Almyghtie was yet with me: when my chyldren stode aboute me: Job 29:6 when my wayes ranne ouer with butter, and when the stony rockes gaue me ryuers of oyle: Job 29:7 when I wente thorowe the cytie vnto the gate, and when they set me a chayre in the strete: Job 29:8 when the yonge men (as soone as they sawe me) hid them selues, and when the aged arose, and stode vp vnto me, Job 29:9 when the Princes left of their talkinge, and layed their hande to their mouth: Job 29:10 when the myghty kepte still their voyce, and when their tonge cleued to the rofe of their mouthe. Job 29:11 When all they that herde me, called me happye: and when all they that sawe me, spake good of me. Job 29:12 For I deliuered the poore when he cried, and so did I the fatherlesse and him that had none to holde him. Job 29:13 He that shulde haue bene lost, gaue me a good worde, and the wyddowes herte praysed me. Job 29:14 And why? I put vpon me ryghteousnes, which couered me as a garment, and equyte was my crowne. Job 29:15 I was an eye vnto the blynde, and a fote 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 the chawes of the vnrighteous man, and pluckte the spoyle out of his teth. Job 29:18 Therfore, I thought verely that I shuld haue dyed in my nest: and that my dayes shulde haue bene as many as the sondes of þe see. Job 29:19 For my roote was spred out by þe watersyde, and the dewe laye vpon my corne. Job 29:20 Myne honour encreased more and more, and my bowe was euer the stronger in my hand. Job 29:21 Unto me men gaue eare, me they regarded, and with sylence they taryed for my councell. Job 29:22 If I had spoken, they wolde haue it none other wayes, my wordes were so well taken amonge them. Job 29:23 They wayted for me as for the rayne: and gaped vpon me, as þe grounde doth to receaue the latter shower. Job 29:24 When I laughed, they knewe well it was not earnest: and the lyght of my countenaunce wolde they not put out. Job 29:25 When I agreed vnto theyr waye, I was the chefe, and sat as a kynge with hys armye aboute hym. And whan they were in heuynes, I was theyr comfortoure.