Job 42:1-6


1 Then Job replied to the LORD:
2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42:1-6 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter contains Job's answer to the last speech of the Lord's, in which he acknowledges his omnipotence, and his certain performance of his purposes and pleasure; owns his own folly and ignorance, and confesses his sins; for which he abhorred himself, and of which he repented, Job 42:1-6; it also gives an account of the Lord's decision of the controversy between Job and his friends, blaming them and commending him above them; and ordered them to take sacrifices and go to Job and offer them, who should pray for them and be accepted, which was done, Job 42:7-9; and it closes with a relation of the great prosperity Job was restored unto, in which he lived and died, Job 42:10-17.

Cross References 10

  • 1. S Genesis 18:14; S Matthew 19:26
  • 2. S 2 Chronicles 20:6; S Job 16:19; Acts 4:28; Ephesians 1:11
  • 3. S Job 34:35; Job 38:2
  • 4. S Job 5:9; Psalms 40:5; Psalms 131:1; Psalms 139:6
  • 5. S Job 38:3; Job 40:7
  • 6. S Job 26:14; Romans 10:17
  • 7. Judges 13:22; Isaiah 6:5; S Matthew 5:8; Luke 2:30; Ephesians 1:17-18
  • 8. Job 40:4; Ezekiel 6:9; Romans 12:3
  • 9. S Job 34:33
  • 10. S Exodus 10:3; S Ezra 9:6; S Job 2:8; S Job 6:29
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