Job 29 (asv)
29:2Oh that I were as in the months of old,
As in the days when God watched over me;
29:3When his lamp shined upon my head,
29:4As I was in the ripeness of my days,
When the friendship of God was upon my tent;
29:5When the Almighty was yet with me,
And my children were about me;
29:6When my steps were washed with butter,
And the rock poured me out streams of oil!
When I prepared my seat in the street,
29:8The young men saw me and hid themselves,
And the aged rose up and stood;
29:9The princes refrained from talking,
And laid their hand on their mouth;
29:10The voice of the nobles was hushed,
And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
29:11For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me;
And when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me:
29:12Because I delivered the poor that cried,
The fatherless also, that had none to help him.
29:13The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me;
29:14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me:
My justice was as a robe and a diadem.
29:15I was eyes to the blind,
29:16I was a father to the needy:
And the cause of him that I knew not I searched out.
29:17And I brake the jaws of the unrighteous,
And plucked the prey out of his teeth.
29:18Then I said, I shall die in my nest,
And I shall multiply my days as the sand:
29:19My root is spread out to the waters,
And the dew lieth all night upon my branch;
29:20My glory is fresh in me,
And my bow is renewed in my hand.
29:21Unto me men gave ear, and waited,
And kept silence for my counsel.
29:22After my words they spake not again;
And my speech distilled upon them.
29:23And they waited for me as for the rain;
And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
29:24I smiled on them, when they had no confidence;
And the light of my countenance they cast not down.
29:25I chose out their way, and sat as chief,
And dwelt as a king in the army,
As one that comforteth the mourners.