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Job 42 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Job answered God: 1 Then Job replied to the LORD:
2 "I'm convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. 2 "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, 'Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?' I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. 3 [You asked,] 'Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?' Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
4 You told me, 'Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.' 4 ["You said,] 'Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.'
5 I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand - from my own eyes and ears! 5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
6 I'm sorry - forgive me. I'll never do that again, I promise! I'll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor." 6 Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."
7 After God had finished addressing Job, he turned to Eliphaz the Temanite and said, "I've had it with you and your two friends. I'm fed up! You haven't been honest either with me or about me - not the way my friend Job has. 7 After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.
8 So here's what you must do. Take seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my friend Job. Sacrifice a burnt offering on your own behalf. My friend Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer. He will ask me not to treat you as you deserve for talking nonsense about me, and for not being honest with me, as he has." 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has."
9 They did it. Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite did what God commanded. And God accepted Job's prayer. 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job's prayer.
10 After Job had interceded for his friends, God restored his fortune - and then doubled it! 10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.
11 All his brothers and sisters and friends came to his house and celebrated. They told him how sorry they were, and consoled him for all the trouble God had brought him. Each of them brought generous housewarming gifts. 11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.
12 God blessed Job's later life even more than his earlier life. He ended up with fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand teams of oxen, and one thousand donkeys. 12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.
13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters.
14 He named the first daughter Dove, the second, Cinnamon, and the third, Darkeyes. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch.
15 There was not a woman in that country as beautiful as Job's daughters. Their father treated them as equals with their brothers, providing the same inheritance. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job's daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.
16 Job lived on another hundred and forty years, living to see his children and grandchildren - four generations of them! 16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.
17 Then he died - an old man, a full life. 17 And so he died, old and full of years.