25 I decided their course and presided over them; I lived like a king among his troops, Like one who consoles mourners.
ev-KHAR dar-KAM v’-ay-SHAYV ROSH v’-esh-KON k’-ME-lekh ba-g’-DUD ka-a-SHER a-vay-LEEM y’-na-KHAYM
כה אֶבֲחַר דַּרְכָּם וְאֵשֵׁב רֹאשׁ וְאֶשְׁכּוֹן כְּמֶלֶךְ בַּגְּדוּד כַּאֲשֶׁר אֲבֵלִים יְנַחֵם׃
29:25 I lived like a king among his troops
Iyov notes that he was able to comfort the mourners and to deal fairly with the poor and widows because he was respected among them. It is relatively easy to be merciful and kind from a high position. Perhaps part of Iyov’s test is to learn that his kindness should not be contingent on his feelings of superiority. Compassion and sensitivity to others is built into the nature of the Land of Israel, where the Sabbatical year (Sh’mitta) is observed every seven years, to remember and provide for the needy and less fortunate (see Leviticus 25, 6-7).