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Job 29

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 1 Moreover Job continued his discourse and said,

 2 "Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

 3 When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;1

 4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secrets of God were upon my tent [the spiritual house of the heart];

 5 When the Almighty was still with me, when my children were about me;

 6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

 7 When I went to the gate of the city, and prepared my seat in the open square!

 8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves; the aged arose and stood.

 9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouths.

 10 The voice of nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

 11 For when the ear heard me, it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness of me,

 12 Because I delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless and him who had none to help him.

 13 The blessing of him who was ready to perish came upon me; and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

 14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my judgment was like a robe and a turban.

 15 I was eyes to the blind, and I was feet to the lame.

 16 I was a father to the poor; and I searched out the cause that I did not know.

 17 And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the prey out of his teeth.

 18 Then I said, 'I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

 19 My root is spread out to the waters, and the dew lies all night upon my branch.

 20 My glory is fresh in me, and my bow is renewed in my hand.'

 21 Men listened to me, and waited and kept silence at my counsel.

 22 After my words they did not speak again; and my speech dropped upon them.

 23 They waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

 24 I smiled on them when they doubted; and they did not cast down the light of my countenance.

 25 I chose their way, and sat as their head, and dwelt like a king among his troops; like one who comforts the mourners.


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1 Job walked by the light of God, rather than the light of the sun or the moon. If your whole body therefore is full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle gives you light., Luke 11:36... O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the LORD. Isa 2:5....The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light to you: but the LORD shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Isa 60:19. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory of God enlightens it, and the Lamb is the light of it. Rev 21:23.

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