Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.
Job 29:1 And Job addeth to lift up his simile, and saith: Job 29:2 Who doth make me as [in] months past, As [in] the days of God's preserving me? Job 29:3 In His causing His lamp to shine on my head, By His light I walk [through] darkness. Job 29:4 As I have been in days of my maturity, And the counsel of God upon my tent. Job 29:5 When yet the Mighty One [is] with me. Round about memy young ones, Job 29:6 When washing my goings with butter, And the firm rock [is] with me rivulets of oil. Job 29:7 When I go out to the gate by the city, In a broad place I prepare my seat. Job 29:8 Seen me have youths, and they, been hidden, And the aged have risenthey stood up. Job 29:9 Princes have kept in words, And a hand they place on their mouth. Job 29:10 The voice of leaders hath been hidden, And their tongue to the palate hath cleaved. Job 29:11 For the ear heard, and declareth me happy, And the eye hath seen, and testifieth [to] me. Job 29:12 For I deliver the afflicted who is crying, And the fatherless who hath no helper. Job 29:13 The blessing of the perishing cometh on me, And the heart of the widow I cause to sing. Job 29:14 Righteousness I have put on, and it clotheth me, As a robe and a diadem my justice. Job 29:15 Eyes I have been to the blind, And feet to the lame [am] I. Job 29:16 A father I [am] to the needy, And the cause I have not known I search out. Job 29:17 And I break the jaw-teeth of the perverse, And from his teeth I cast away prey. Job 29:18 And I say, 'With my nest I expire, And as the sand I multiply days.' Job 29:19 My root is open unto the waters, And dew doth lodge on my branch. Job 29:20 My honour [is] fresh with me, And my bow in my hand is renewed. Job 29:21 To me they have hearkened, Yea, they wait, and are silent for my counsel. Job 29:22 After my word they change not, And on them doth my speech drop, Job 29:23 And they wait as [for] rain for me, And their mouth they have opened wide [As] for the latter rain. Job 29:24 I laugh unto themthey give no credence, And the light of my face cause not to fall. Job 29:25 I choose their way, and sit head, And I dwell as a king in a troop, When mourners he doth comfort.