Job Replies to the Lord
1Then Job replied to the Lord:
2I#42:2 Alt Hb tradition reads You know that you can do anything
and no plan of yours can be thwarted.#Gn 18:14; Jr 23:20; Mt 19:26
3You asked, “Who is this who conceals my counsel with ignorance?” #Jb 34:35; 35:16; 38:2
Surely I spoke about things I did not understand,
things too wondrous for me to#42:3 Lit me, and I did not know.#Ps 40:5; 131:1; 139:6
4You said, “Listen now, and I will speak.
When I question#Jb 38:3; 40:7 you, you will inform me.”
5I had heard reports about you,
but now my eyes#Jb 19:27; Ps 123:1-2; 141:8 have seen you.
6Therefore, I reject my words and am sorry for them;
I am dust and ashes.#42:6 LXX reads I despise myself and melt; I consider myself dust and ashes#42:6 Lit I reject and I relent, concerning dust and ashes
7After the Lord had finished speaking#42:7 Lit speaking these words 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. 8Now take seven bulls and seven rams, go to my servant Job, and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. Then my servant Job will pray for you.#Gn 20:17; Nm 23:1; 1Jn 5:16 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.” 9Then 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
10After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and doubled his previous possessions.#Ps 14:7; Is 40:2; Mt 5:44 11All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances#Jb 2:11; 19:13 came to him and dined with him in his house. They sympathized with him and comforted him concerning all the adversity the Lord had brought on him. Each one gave him a piece of silver#42:11 Lit a qesitah; the value of this currency is unknown#Gn 33:19; Jos 24:32 and a gold earring.#Gn 24:22; 35:4; Hs 2:13
12So the Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the first. He owned fourteen thousand sheep and goats, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14He named his first daughter Jemimah, his second Keziah, and his third Keren-happuch.#Ps 45:8; Sg 2:14; Jr 4:30 15No women as beautiful as Job’s daughters could be found in all the land, and their father granted them an inheritance with their brothers.
16Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17Then Job died, old and full of days.#Gn 25:8; 35:29; 1Ch 29:28