Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.
Job 29:1 Moreover, 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 candle shined upon my head, [and when] by his light I walked [through] darkness; Job 29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God [was] upon my tabernacle; Job 29:5 When the Almighty [was] yet with me, [when] my children [were] about me; Job 29:6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate through the city, [when] I prepared my seat in the street! Job 29:8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, [and] stood up. Job 29:9 The princes refrained talking, and laid [their] hand on their mouth. Job 29:10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. 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 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and [him that had] none to help him. Job 29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish 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 judgment [was] as a robe and a diadem. 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 poor: and the cause [which] I knew not I searched out. Job 29:17 And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. Job 29:18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply [my] days as the sand. Job 29:19 My root [was] spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch. Job 29:20 My glory [was] fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand. Job 29:21 To me [men] gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at 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 the light of my countenance they cast not down. Job 29:25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one [that] comforteth the mourners.