Job 42

Job Replies to the Lord

1Then Job replied to the Lord:

2 I
Alt Hb tradition reads You
know that You can do anything
and no plan of Yours can be thwarted. b
3 You asked, “Who is this who conceals My counsel with ignorance?” c
Surely I spoke about things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to
Lit me, and I did not
know. e
4 You said, “Listen now, and I will speak.
When I question f you, you will inform Me.”
5 I had heard rumors about You,
but now my eyes g have seen You.
6 Therefore I take back my words
and repent in dust and ashes.
LXX reads I despise myself and melt; I consider myself dust and ashes

7 After the Lord had finished speaking
Lit speaking these words
to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has.
8 Now take seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. Then My servant Job will pray for you. j I will surely accept his prayer and not deal with you as your folly deserves. For you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has.” 9Then Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

God Restores Job

10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his prosperity and doubled his previous possessions. k 11 All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances l came to his house and dined with him in his house. They sympathized with him and comforted him concerning all the adversity the Lord had brought on him. Each one gave him a qesitah
The value of the currency is unknown.
n and a gold earring. o

12So the Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the first. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14He named his first daughter Jemimah, his second Keziah, and his third Keren-happuch. p 15 No women as beautiful as Job’s daughters could be found in all the land, and their father granted them an inheritance with their brothers.

16 Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17Then Job died, old and full of days. q
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