1 So Iob proceeded and continued his parable, saying,
2 Oh that I were as in times past, when God preserued me!
3 When hisWhen I felt his favour.candle shined upon my head, [and when] by his light I walked [through]I was free from affliction.darkness;
4 As I was in the days of my youth, when theThat is, seemed by evident tokens to be more present with me.secret of God [was] upon my tabernacle;
5 When the almightie was yet with me, and my children round about me.
6 When I washed my stepsBy these comparisons he declares the great prosperity that he was in, so that he had no opportunity to be such a sinner as they accused him.with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
7 When I went out to the gate, euen to the iudgement seat, and when I caused them to prepare my seate in the streete.
8 The young men saw me, andBeing ashamed of their lightness and afraid of my gravity.hid themselves: and the aged arose, [and] stood up.
9 The princes refrained talking, and laid [their] hand on theirAcknowledging my wisdom.mouth.
10 The voyce of princes was hidde, and their tongue cleaued to the roofe of their mouth.
11 When theAll that heard me, praised me.ear heard [me], then it blessed me; and when the eye saw [me], it gave witness to me:
12 Because I delivered theBecause his adversaries did so much charge him with wickedness, he is compelled to render account of his life.poor that cried, and the fatherless, and [him that had] none to help him.
13 That is, I helped him who was in distress, and so he had cause to praise me.The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14 I put onI delighted to do justice, as others did to wear costly apparel.righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment [was] as a robe and a diadem.
15 I was the eyes to the blinde, and I was the feete to the lame.
16 I was a father vnto the poore, and when I knewe not the cause, I sought it out diligently.
17 I brake also the chawes of the vnrighteous man, and pluckt the praye out of his teeth.
18 Then I said, I shall die in myThat is, at home in my bed without all trouble and unquietness.nest, and I shall multiply [my] days as the sand.
19 My root [was]My happiness increases.spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
20 My glory shall renue towarde me, and my bowe shall be restored in mine hand.
21 Vnto me men gaue eare, and wayted, and helde their tongue at my counsell.
22 After my words they spake not again; and my speechThat is, was pleasant to them.dropped upon them.
23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wideAs the dry ground thirsts for the rain.[as] for the latter rain.
24 [If] IThat is, they thought it not to be a rest, or they did not think that I would condescend to them.laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and the light of my countenance theyThey were afraid to offend me and cause me to be angry.cast not down.
25 I chose outI had them at commandment.their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one [that] comforteth the mourners.