أَيُّوبَ 29

وَعَادَ أَيُّوبُ يَنْطِقُ بِمَثَلِهِ فَقَالَ: ١ 1
Job resumed speaking and said,
«يَا لَيْتَنِي كَمَا فِي ٱلشُّهُورِ ٱلسَّالِفَةِ وَكَٱلْأَيَّامِ ٱلَّتِي حَفِظَنِي ٱللهُ فِيهَا، ٢ 2
“Oh, that I were as I was in the past months when God cared for me,
حِينَ أَضَاءَ سِرَاجَهُ عَلَى رَأْسِي، وَبِنُورِهِ سَلَكْتُ ٱلظُّلْمَةَ. ٣ 3
when his lamp shined on my head, and when I walked through darkness by his light.
كَمَا كُنْتُ فِي أَيَّامِ خَرِيفِي، وَرِضَا ٱللهِ عَلَى خَيْمَتِي، ٤ 4
Oh, that I were as I was in the ripeness of my days when the friendship of God was on my tent,
وَٱلْقَدِيرُ بَعْدُ مَعِي وَحَوْلِي غِلْمَانِي، ٥ 5
when the Almighty was yet with me, and my children were around me,
إِذْ غَسَلْتُ خَطَوَاتِي بِٱللَّبَنِ، وَٱلصَّخْرُ سَكَبَ لِي جَدَاوِلَ زَيْتٍ. ٦ 6
when my way was covered with cream, and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
حِينَ كُنْتُ أَخْرُجُ إِلَى ٱلْبَابِ فِي ٱلْقَرْيَةِ، وَأُهَيِّئُ فِي ٱلسَّاحَةِ مَجْلِسِي. ٧ 7
When I went out to the city gate, when I sat in my place in the city square,
رَآنِي ٱلْغِلْمَانُ فَٱخْتَبَأُوا، وَٱلْأَشْيَاخُ قَامُوا وَوَقَفُوا. ٨ 8
the young men saw me and kept their distance from me in respect, and the aged people rose and stood for me.
ٱلْعُظَمَاءُ أَمْسَكُوا عَنِ ٱلْكَلَامِ، وَوَضَعُوا أَيْدِيَهُمْ عَلَى أَفْوَاهِهِمْ. ٩ 9
The princes used to refrain from talking when I came; they would lay their hand on their mouths.
صَوْتُ ٱلشُّرَفَاءِ ٱخْتَفَى، وَلَصِقَتْ أَلْسِنَتُهُمْ بِأَحْنَاكِهِمْ. ١٠ 10
The voices of the noblemen were hushed, and their tongue clung to the roof of their mouths.
لِأَنَّ ٱلْأُذُنَ سَمِعَتْ فَطَوَّبَتْنِي، وَٱلْعَيْنَ رَأَتْ فَشَهِدَتْ لِي، ١١ 11
For after their ears heard me, they would then bless me; after their eyes saw me, they would then give witness to me and approve of me
لِأَنِّي أَنْقَذْتُ ٱلْمِسْكِينَ ٱلْمُسْتَغِيثَ وَٱلْيَتِيمَ وَلَا مُعِينَ لَهُ. ١٢ 12
because I rescued the one who was poor when he cried out, and the one who had no father when he had no one to help him.
بَرَكَةُ ٱلْهَالِكِ حَلَّتْ عَلَيَّ، وَجَعَلْتُ قَلْبَ ٱلْأَرْمَلَةِ يُسَرُّ. ١٣ 13
The blessing of him who was about to perish came on me; I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
لَبِسْتُ ٱلْبِرَّ فَكَسَانِي. كَجُبَّةٍ وَعِمَامَةٍ كَانَ عَدْلِي. ١٤ 14
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.
كُنْتُ عُيُونًا لِلْعُمْيِ، وَأَرْجُلًا لِلْعُرْجِ. ١٥ 15
I was eyes to blind people; I was feet to lame people.
أَبٌ أَنَا لِلْفُقَرَاءِ، وَدَعْوَى لَمْ أَعْرِفْهَا فَحَصْتُ عَنْهَا. ١٦ 16
I was a father to needy people; I would examine the case even of one whom I did not know.
هَشَّمْتُ أَضْرَاسَ ٱلظَّالِمِ، وَمِنْ بَيْنِ أَسْنَانِهِ خَطَفْتُ ٱلْفَرِيسَةَ. ١٧ 17
I broke the jaws of the unrighteous man; I plucked the victim out from between his teeth.
فَقُلْتُ: إِنِّي فِي وَكْرِي أُسَلِّمُ ٱلرُّوحَ، وَمِثْلَ ٱلسَّمَنْدَلِ أُكَثِّرُ أَيَّامًا. ١٨ 18
Then I said, 'I will die in my nest; I will multiply my days like the grains of sand.
أَصْلِي كَانَ مُنْبَسِطًا إِلَى ٱلْمِيَاهِ، وَٱلطَّلُّ بَاتَ عَلَى أَغْصَانِي. ١٩ 19
My roots are spread out to the waters, and dew lies all night on my branches.
كَرَامَتِي بَقِيَتْ حَدِيثَةً عِنْدِي، وَقَوْسِي تَجَدَّدَتْ فِي يَدِي. ٢٠ 20
The honor in me is always fresh, and the bow of my strength is always new in my hand.'
لِي سَمِعُوا وَٱنْتَظَرُوا، وَنَصَتُوا عِنْدَ مَشُورَتِي. ٢١ 21
To me men listened; they waited for me; they stayed silent to hear my advice.
بَعْدَ كَلَامِي لَمْ يُثَنُّوا، وَقَوْلِي قَطَرَ عَلَيْهِمْ. ٢٢ 22
After my words were done, they did not speak again; my speech dropped like water on them.
وَٱنْتَظَرُونِي مِثْلَ ٱلْمَطَرِ، وَفَغَرُوا أَفْوَاهَهُمْ كَمَا لِلْمَطَرِ ٱلْمُتَأَخِّرِ. ٢٣ 23
They always waited for me as they waited for rain; they opened their mouth wide to drink in my words, as they would do for the latter rain.
إِنْ ضَحِكْتُ عَلَيْهِمْ لَمْ يُصَدِّقُوا، وَنُورَ وَجْهِي لَمْ يُعَبِّسُوا. ٢٤ 24
I smiled on them when they did not expect it; they did not reject the light of my face.
كُنْتُ أَخْتَارُ طَرِيقَهُمْ وَأَجْلِسُ رَأْسًا، وَأَسْكُنُ كَمَلِكٍ فِي جَيْشٍ، كَمَنْ يُعَزِّي ٱلنَّائِحِينَ. ٢٥ 25
I selected their way and sat as their chief; I lived like a king in his army, like one who comforts mourners.