Job 29:16
Context
Job's Former Blessings

1Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, 2Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; 3When his candle shined on my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; 4As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was on my tabernacle; 5When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; 6When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; 7When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! 8The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up. 9The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. 10The nobles held their peace, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth. 11When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: 12Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. 13The blessing of him that was ready to perish came on me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. 14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. 15I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. 16I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. 17And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. 18Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand. 19My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night on my branch. 20My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand. 21To me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. 22After my words they spoke not again; and my speech dropped on them. 23And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. 24If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down. 25I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelled as a king in the army, as one that comforts the mourners.
Cross References
Job 4:3
Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.


Job 24:4
They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.


Proverbs 29:7
The righteous considers the cause of the poor: but the wicked regards not to know it.


Isaiah 22:21
And I will clothe him with your robe, and strengthen him with your girdle, and I will commit your government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.


Treasury of Scripture

I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

a father

Job 31:18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)

Esther 2:7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother...

Psalm 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction...

the cause

Exodus 18:26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought to Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

Deuteronomy 13:14 Then shall you inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain...

Deuteronomy 17:8-10 If there arise a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke...

1 Kings 3:16-28 Then came there two women, that were harlots, to the king, and stood before him...

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.

Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considers the cause of the poor: but the wicked regards not to know it.

Strong's Concordance
I [was] a father to the poor: and the cause [which] I knew not I searched out.
Topical Bible
Case Cause Didn't Investigated Needy Poor Search Searched Searching Strange Stranger
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Job Chapter 29 Verse 16

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OT Poetry: Job 29:16 I was a father to the needy (Jb)
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