Job 42:6

6 therefore I despise myself, and repent[a] in 1dust and ashes."

Job 42:6 Meaning and Commentary

Job 42:6

Wherefore I abhor [myself]
Or all my words, as Aben Ezra; all the indecent expressions he had uttered concerning God; he could not bear to think of them; he loathed them, and himself on account of them: sin is abominable in its own nature, and makes men so; it is loathsome to God, and so it is to all good men when they see it in its proper light; am especially when they have a view of the purity and holiness of God, to which that is so very contrary, and also of his grace and goodness in the forgiveness of it; see ( Isaiah 6:3 Isaiah 6:5 ) ( Ezekiel 16:63 ) ( 20:41 ) ;

and repent in dust and ashes;
which was an external ceremony used by mournful and penitent persons; see ( Job 2:8 ) ( Jonah 3:6 ) ; and is expressive of the truth and sincerity of repentance; and never do any more truly mourn for sin and repent of it, are more ashamed of it, or have a more godly sorrow for it, or more ingenuously confess it, and heartily forsake it, than those who with an eye of faith behold God in Christ as a sin forgiving God; or behold their sins through the glass of pardoning grace and mercy; see ( Zechariah 12:10 ) ( Luke 7:37 Luke 7:47 ) ( 1 Timothy 1:13 ) .

Job 42:6 In-Context

4 'Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.'
5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;
6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
7 After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: "My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.
8 Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has."

Cross References 1

  • 1. [Job 30:19; Genesis 18:27]; See Job 2:8

Footnotes 1

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