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Job 42:4

4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’

Read Job 42:4 Using Other Translations

Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
'Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.'
You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’

What does Job 42:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 42:4

Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak
Not in the manner he had before, complaining of God and justifying himself, but in a way of humble entreaty of favours of him, of confession of sin before him, and of acknowledgment of his wisdom, goodness, and justice in all his dealings with him, which before he arraigned;

I will demand of thee;
or rather "I will make petition to thee", as Mr. Broughton renders it; humbly ask a favour, and entreat a gracious answer; for to demand is not so agreeable to the frame and temper of soul Job was now in;

and declare thou unto me;
or make him know what he knew not; he now in ignorance applies to God, as a God of knowledge, to inform him in things he was in the dark about, and to increase what knowledge he had. He was now willing to take the advice of Elihu, and pursue it, ( Job 34:31 Job 34:32 ) .

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