Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.
Job 29:1 So Iob proceaded and went forth in his communicacyon, saying: Job 29:2 O that I were as I was in the monethes by past, & in the daies when God preserued me: Job 29:3 when his light shyned vpon my head: when I went after the same lyght and shininge euen thorowe the darckenesse. Job 29:4 As it stode with me, when I was welthy and had ynoughe: when God prospered my house: Job 29:5 when the almighty was wt me: when my houshold folckes stode about me: Job 29:6 when my wayes ranne ouer wt butter and when the stony rockes gaue me ryuers of oyle: Job 29:7 when I went thorow the cytye vnto the gate, and when they set me a chaire in the strete: Job 29:8 when the younge men (as sone as they sawe me) hid them selues, and when the aged arose, and stode vp vnto me: Job 29:9 when the Princes lefte of their talkinge, & layed their hande to their mouthe: Job 29:10 when the mighty kepte styll their voice, and when their tonges cleaued to the rofe of their mouthes. Job 29:11 When al they that hearde me, called me happie: & when all they that sawe me, wyshed me good. Job 29:12 For I delyuered the poore when he cried, and the fatherlesse that wanted helpe. Job 29:13 He that shoulde haue bene lost, gaue me a good worde, and the wyddowes herte praysed me. Job 29:14 And why? I put vpon me ryghteousnes, whyche couered me as a garment, and equyte was my croune. Job 29:15 I was an eye vnto the blinde, and a fote to the lame, Job 29:16 I was a father vnto þe poore and when I knew not their cause, I sought it oute diligently. Job 29:17 I brake the chaftes of the vnrighteous, and plucte the spoyle oute of their tethe. Job 29:18 Therfore, I thought verely, that I should haue dyed in my nest: & that my daies should haue bene as many as the soundes of the sea. Job 29:19 For my rote was spred oute by the waterside and the dew lay vpon my corne. Job 29:20 My honour encreased more and more, and my bowe was euer the stronger in my hande. Job 29:21 Vnto me men gaue eare, me they regarded, and with silence they taryed for my counsel. Job 29:22 Yf I had spoken they woulde haue it none other wayes; my wordes were so well taken amonge them. Job 29:23 They wayted for me, as the earth doeth for the rayne: and gaped vpon me, as þe ground doeth to receyue the latter shower. Job 29:24 When I laughed, they knew wel it was not earnest: and this testimony of my countenaunce pleased them nothinge at all. Job 29:25 When I agreed vnto their waye, I was the chefe, and sat as a Kynge amonge hys seruauntes: Or as one that comforteth suche as be in heauynesse.