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1 Moreouer Iob continued his parable, and said,

2 O that I were as in moneths past, as in the dayes when God preserued me.

3 When his candle shined vpon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkenesse:

4 As I was in the dayes of my youth, when the secret of God was vpon my tabernacle:

5 When the Almightie was yet with me, when my children were about me:

6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rocke powred me out riuers of oyle:

7 When I went out to the gate, through the citie, when I prepared my seate in the street.

8 The yong men saw me, and hid themselues: and the aged arose, and stood vp.

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

10 The Nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaued to the roofe of their mouth.

11 When the eare heard mee, then it blessed me, and when the eye saw me, it gaue witnesse to me:

12 Because I deliuered the poore that cried, and the fatherlesse, and him that had none to helpe him.

13 The blessing of him that was readie to perish, came vpon me: and I caused the widowes heart to sing for ioy.

14 I put on righteousnesse, and it clothed me: my iudgement was as a robe and a diademe.

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

16 I was a father to the poore: and the cause which I knewe not, I searched out.

17 And I brake the iawes of the wicked, and pluckt the spoile out of his teeth.

18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiplie my dayes as the sand.

19 My roote was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night vpon my branch.

20 My glory was fresh in mee, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

21 Unto me men gaue eare, and waited, and kept silence at my counsell.

22 After my words they spake not againe, & my speach dropped vpon them,

23 And they waited for me as for the raine, and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter raine.

24 If I laughed on them, they beleeued it not, and the light of my countenance they cast not downe.

25 I chose out their way, and sate chiefe, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

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Commentary for Job 29

Job's former comforts. (1-6) The honour paid to Job, His usefulness. (7-17) His prospect of prosperity. (18-25)1-6 Job proceeds to contrast his former prosperity with his present misery, through God's withdrawing from him. A gracious soul delights in God's smiles, not in the smiles of this world. Four things were then very pleasant to holy Job. 1. The confidence he had in the Divine protection. 2. The enjoyment he had of the Divine favour. 3. The communion he had with the Divine word. 4. The assurance he had of the Divine presence. God's presence with a man in his house, though it be but a cottage, makes it a castle and a palace. Then also he had comfort in his family. Riches and flourishing families, like a candle, may be soon extinguished. But when the mind is enlightened by the Holy Spirit, when a man walks in the light of God's countenance, every outward comfort is doubled, every trouble is diminished, and he may pass cheerfully by this light through life and through death. Yet the sensible comfort of this state is often withdrawn for a season; and commonly this arises from sinful neglect, and grieving the Holy Spirit: sometimes it may be a trial of a man's faith and grace. But it is needful to examine ourselves, to seek for the cause of such a change by fervent prayer, and to increase our watchfulness.

7-17 All sorts of people paid respect to Job, not only for the dignity of his rank, but for his personal merit, his prudence, integrity, and good management. Happy the men who are blessed with such gifts as these! They have great opportunities of honouring God and doing good, but have great need to watch against pride. Happy the people who are blessed with such men! it is a token for good to them. Here we see what Job valued himself by, in the day of his prosperity. It was by his usefulness. He valued himself by the check he gave to the violence of proud and evil men. Good magistrates must thus be a restraint to evil-doers, and protect the innocent; in order to this, they should arm themselves with zeal and resolution. Such men are public blessings, and resemble Him who rescues poor sinners from Satan. How many who were ready to perish, now are blessing Him! But who can show forth His praises? May we trust in His mercy, and seek to imitate His truth, justice, and love.

18-25 Being thus honoured and useful, Job had hoped to die in peace and honour, in a good old age. If such an expectation arise from lively faith in the providence and promise of God, it is well; but if from conceit of our own wisdom, and dependence on changeable, earthly things, it is ill grounded, and turns to sin. Every one that has the spirit of wisdom, has not the spirit of government; but Job had both. Yet he had the tenderness of a comforter. This he thought upon with pleasure, when he was himself a mourner. Our Lord Jesus is a King who hates iniquity, and upon whom the blessing of a world ready to perish comes. To Him let us give ear.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 29

  • Lou
    I am given an understanding in this reading of Job that I have not received before. Job is the picture of Jesus Christ as The God-Man and the agony within himself of becoming 'a curse' in taking on our sins, having never known sin. Power, riches, wisdom, strength and honor, glory and blessing to Christ!
  • BSP
    Verse 12: Job reflected on his past dealings and the good things that he had done for others. It is good for us to reflect on our past good deeds when we are feeling down.
  • Tim123
    Job 29 can taken like this: A real man is a righteous father figure, gives witness and helps the poor and the fatherless. This is what Job was.
  • Mark
    Job outlines how we learn to have Christ walk us through our "every days" with Grace. Wisdom and comfort to others always outweighs possessions and riches. Once we make that a staple in lives, we will truly be able to be "pillars" and have Christ's love that we can transcend to others.

    Be the true messenger. In essence: " Remember that you do your good deeds, when no one is watching."
  • Caitlin
    God helps you when you are in need. To help you over come the problems. Because he is there for you always no matter what happened at the time. I am 11 years-old.
  • Temmy Obadare
    Hmm Job.simply recounted and gave us a divine secret that encapsulated all his fortune, honour, anointing and peace. Job was a giver. Read all that he did and see how God blessed him. He called those acts the secrets of God. How many of us have such secret and uphold them? He had honour, Gid shielded him and his days were multiplied. What secrets! Let us all plug in and watch God decorate us too.

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