1 So Iob proceeded and continued his parable, saying,

2 Oh that I were as in times past, when God preserued me!

3 When his candle shined upon my head, [and when] by his light I walked [through] darkness;

4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the 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 steps 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, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, [and] stood up.

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

10 The voyce of princes was hidde, and their tongue cleaued to the roofe of their mouth.

11 When the ear heard [me], then it blessed me; and when the eye saw [me], it gave witness to me:

12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and [him that had] none to help him.

13 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 on 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 my nest, and I shall multiply [my] days as the sand.

19 My root [was] 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 speech dropped upon them.

23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter rain.

24 [If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one [that] comforteth the mourners.