Job 29
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

Job Finishes His Defense

1Job again took up his discourse and said:

2“O that I were as in the months of old,
    as in the days when God watched over me;
3when his lamp shone over my head,
    and by his light I walked through darkness;
4when I was in my prime,
    when the friendship of God was upon my tent;
5when the Almighty[a] was still with me,
    when my children were around me;
6when my steps were washed with milk,
    and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
7When I went out to the gate of the city,
    when I took my seat in the square,
8the young men saw me and withdrew,
    and the aged rose up and stood;
9the nobles refrained from talking,
    and laid their hands on their mouths;
10the voices of princes were hushed,
    and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
11When the ear heard, it commended me,
    and when the eye saw, it approved;
12because I delivered the poor who cried,
    and the orphan who had no helper.
13The blessing of the wretched came upon me,
    and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
    my justice was like a robe and a turban.
15I was eyes to the blind,
    and feet to the lame.
16I was a father to the needy,
    and I championed the cause of the stranger.
17I broke the fangs of the unrighteous,
    and made them drop their prey from their teeth.
18Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest,
    and I shall multiply my days like the phoenix;[b]
19my roots spread out to the waters,
    with the dew all night on my branches;
20my glory was fresh with me,
    and my bow ever new in my hand.’

21“They listened to me, and waited,
    and kept silence for my counsel.
22After I spoke they did not speak again,
    and my word dropped upon them like dew.[c]
23They waited for me as for the rain;
    they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
24I smiled on them when they had no confidence;
    and the light of my countenance they did not extinguish.[d]
25I chose their way, and sat as chief,
    and I lived like a king among his troops,
    like one who comforts mourners.


  1. Job 29:5 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  2. Job 29:18 Or like sand
  3. Job 29:22 Heb lacks like dew
  4. Job 29:24 Meaning of Heb uncertain
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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