Job Replies to the Lord

1 Then Job replied to the Lord:

References for Job 42:1

      2 Ia know that You can do anythingb and no plan of Yours can be thwarted.

      References for Job 42:2

        • a 42:2 - Alt Hb tradition reads You
        • b 42:2 - Isa 44:24; 45:7; Jn 1:3
          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 tod know.

          References for Job 42:3

            • c 42:3 - Jb 38:2
            • d 42:3 - Lit me, and I did not
              4 [You said,] "Listen now, and I will speak. When I question you, you will inform Me."e

              References for Job 42:4

                  5 I had heard rumors about You, but now my eyes have seen You.f

                  References for Job 42:5

                    • f 42:5 - Jb 19:27; Gn 32:30; Ex 33:18-23
                      6 Therefore I take back [my words] and repent in dust and

                      References for Job 42:6

                        • g 42:6 - LXX reads I despise myself and melt; I consider myself dust and ashes
                        • h 42:6 - Jb 2:8; 2 Sm 13:19; Est 4:1,3
                          7 After the Lord had finished speakingi 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.

                          References for Job 42:7

                            • i 42:7 - Lit speaking these words
                              8 Now take seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer a burnt offering for yourselves.j Then My servant Job will pray for you.k 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."

                              References for Job 42:8

                                • j 42:8 - Gn 8:20; 22:2-13; Ex 10:25
                                • k 42:8 - Gn 20:7,17; Nm 21:7; 1 Sm 2:25
                                  9 Then 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 prosperityl and doubled his [previous] possessions.m

                                  References for Job 42:10

                                    • l 42:10 - Ps 85:1; Jr 29:14; Zph 2:7
                                    • m 42:10 - Jb 1:13-19
                                      11 All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his house. They offered him sympathy and comfortn concerning all the adversity the Lord had brought on him.o Each one gave him a qesitah,p and a gold earring.

                                      References for Job 42:11

                                        • n 42:11 - Jb 2:11; 21:34; Gn 50:21; Ps 69:20
                                        • o 42:11 - Jb 1:13-19; 2:7-11; Isa 45:7
                                        • p 42:11 - The value of the currency is unknown; Gn 33:19; Jos 24:32
                                          12 So the Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the earlier. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
                                          13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.
                                          14 He named his first [daughter] Jemimah, his second Keziah, and his third Keren-happuch.
                                          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.
                                          17 Then Job died, old and full of days.q

                                          References for Job 42:17

                                            • q 42:17 - Gn 25:8; 35:29