1 So Job proceeded and went forth in his communication, saying, 2 "Oh that I were as I was in the months by past, and in the days when God preserved me; 3 When his light shined upon my head; when I went after the same light and shining, even through the darkness. 4 As it stood with me, when I was young, when God prospered my house; 5 When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children stood about me; 6 When my ways ran over with butter, and when the stony rocks gave me rivers of oil;
7 When I went through the city unto the gate, and when they set me a chair in the street; 8 When the young men, as soon as they saw me, hid themselves, and when the aged arose, and stood up unto me; 9 when the princes left of their talking, and laid their hand to their mouth; 10 when the mighty kept still their voice, and when their tongues cleaved to the roof of their mouths; 11 When all they that heard me, called me happy, and when all they that saw me, wished me good. 12 "For I delivered the poor when he cried, and the fatherless that wanted help. 13 He that should have been lost, gave me a good word, and the widow's heart praised me. 14 And why? I put upon me righteousness, which covered me as a garment, and equity was my crown. 15 I was an eye unto the blind, and a foot to the lame; 16 I was a father unto the poor, and when I knew not their cause, I sought it out diligently. 17 I brake the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the spoil out of their teeth.
18 "Therefore, I thought verily that I should have died in my nest: and that my days should have been as many as the sands of the sea. 19 For my root was spread out by the water's side, and the dew lay upon my corn. 20 My honor increased more and more, and my bow was ever the stronger in my hand.
21 Unto me men gave ear, me they regarded, and with silence they tarried for my counsel. 22 If I had spoken, they would have it none other ways, my words were so well taken among them. 23 They waited for me, as the earth doth for the rain; and gaped upon me, as the ground doth to receive the latter shower. 24 When I laughed, they knew well it was not earnest; and this testimony of my countenance pleased them nothing at all. 25 When I agreed unto their way, I was the chief, and sat as a king among his servants; and when they were in heaviness, I was their comforter.