Job continues his address at this transitional point in the book. In chapter 29 he remembers what life was like for him before Satan struck him. He had a good relationship with God and enjoyed many blessings. He had good relationships with others. He was respected and honored by all. Even nobles and princes gave him respect. He was known to care for the poor, the orphaned, the widows, and the disabled. He was an esteemed leader in his town.
In chapter 30 he moves to mourning his current misery. Because of all that has happened, he is mocked even by the lowest of the community. All this causes his soul to ache. He feels it in his body. His spirit is crushed. And when he cries to God, he receives no answer.
Job brings his discourse to an end in chapter 31 with another defense of his character and righteousness. He “made a covenant with his eyes”, not allowing himself to be taken by lust. He has always been honest. He remained faithful to wife and his vows. He was kind and fair with his employees, and looked out for his neighbors in need. He never became greedy. He remained true to God and never looked after pagan gods. In short, Job asserts he was generally blameless. He ends with a plea for God to hear him and answer his anguish.