Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour.
Job 29:1 Also Joob addide, takynge his parable, and seide, Job 29:2 Who yyueth to me, that I be bisidis the elde monethis, bi the daies in whiche God kepte me? Job 29:3 Whanne his lanterne schynede on myn heed, and Y yede in derknessis at his liyt. Job 29:4 As Y was in the daies of my yongthe, whanne in priuete God was in my tabernacle. Job 29:5 Whanne Almyyti God was with me, and my children weren in my cumpas; Job 29:6 whanne Y waischide my feet in botere, and the stoon schedde out to me the stremes of oile; Job 29:7 whanne Y yede forth to the yate of the citee, and in the street thei maden redi a chaier to me. Job 29:8 Yonge men, that is, wantoun, sien me, and weren hid, and elde men risynge vp stoden; Job 29:9 princes ceessiden to speke, and puttiden the fyngur on her mouth; Job 29:10 duykis refreyneden her vois, and her tunge cleuyde to her throte. Job 29:11 An eere herynge blesside me, and an iye seynge yeldide witnessyng to me; Job 29:12 for Y hadde delyueride a pore man criynge, and a fadirles child, that hadde noon helpere. Job 29:13 The blessyng of a man to perische cam on me, and Y coumfortide the herte of a widewe. Job 29:14 Y was clothid with riytfulnesse; and Y clothide me as with a cloth, and with my doom a diademe. Job 29:15 Y was iye to a blynde man, and foot to a crokyd man. Job 29:16 Y was a fadir of pore men; and Y enqueride most diligentli the cause, which Y knew not. Job 29:17 Y al tobrak the grete teeth of the wickid man, and Y took awei prey fro hise teeth. Job 29:18 And Y seide, Y schal die in my nest; and as a palm tre Y schal multiplie daies. Job 29:19 My roote is openyde bisidis watris, and deew schal dwelle in my repyng. Job 29:20 My glorie schal euere be renulid, and my bouwe schal be astorid in myn hond. Job 29:21 Thei, that herden me, abiden my sentence; and thei weren ententif, and weren stille to my counsel. Job 29:22 Thei dursten no thing adde to my wordis; and my speche droppide on hem. Job 29:23 Thei abididen me as reyn; and thei openyden her mouth as to the softe reyn comynge late. Job 29:24 If ony tyme Y leiyide to hem, thei bileueden not; and the liyt of my cheer felde not doun in to erthe. Job 29:25 If Y wolde go to hem, Y sat the firste; and whanne Y sat as kyng, while the oost stood aboute, netheles Y was comfortour of hem that morenyden.