Job’s previous blessing
1Job took up his subject again:
2Oh, that life was like it used to be,
like days when God watched over me;
3when his lamp shone on my head,
I walked by his light in the dark;
4when I was in my prime;
when God’s counsel was in my tent;
5when the Almighty was with me,
my children around me;
6when my steps were washed with cream
and a rock poured out pools of oil for me.
7When I went out to the city gate,
took my seat in the square,
8the young saw me and drew back;
the old rose and stood;
9princes restrained speech,
put their hand on their mouth;
10the voices of officials were hushed,
their tongue stuck to their palate.
Job’s implementation of justice
11Indeed, the ear that heard blessed me;
the eye that looked commended me,
12because I rescued the weak who cried out,
the orphans who lacked help.
13The blessing of the perishing reached me;
I made the widow’s heart sing;
14I put on justice, and it clothed me,
righteousness as my coat and turban;
15I was eyes to the blind,
feet to the lame.
16I was a father to the needy;
the case I didn’t know, I examined.
17I shattered the fangs of the wicked,
rescued prey from their teeth.
Job’s expected blessing
18I thought, I’ll die in my nest,
multiply days like sand,#Heb uncertain
19my roots opening to water,
dew lingering on my branches,
20my honor newly with me,
my bow ever successful in my hand.
21People listened to me and waited,
were silent for my advice.
22After my speech, they didn’t respond.
My words fell gently on them;
23they waited for me as for rain,
opened their mouth as for spring rain.
24I smiled#Or laughed at on them; they couldn’t believe it.
They never showed me disfavor.
25I decided their path, sat as chief.
I lived like a king with his troops,
like one who comforts mourners.