Job 42

Job replies to God

42:1Job has heard God speak. Job has heard God speak about himself. And now Job sees that God's wisdom is so much greater than Job's wisdom. He sees that God's power is so much greater than the power of any man. Job is now sorry about the things that he said. He is ready to believe God again.

1 Then Job replied to the Lord. He said this:

2 ‘I know that you can do all things.

You can do anything that you want to do.

Nobody can stop you.

3 You asked me, “Why do you ask questions about my wisdom,

when you do not understand anything?”

It is true. I was speaking about things that I do not understand.

They are things that are too wonderful for me to know.

4 You said to me, “Listen carefully to what I will say.

I will ask you questions and you must answer them.”

5 In the past, I had heard about you from other people.

Now I have seen you for myself.

6 So I am ashamed of the things that I said.

I sit here in dirt and in ashes

to show you that I am very sorry.’

The end of the story

42:7At the end of this chapter, God speaks to Job's three friends. He tells them that Job was right. And he tells them that they said wrong things about Job. But he asks Job to pray for them and he promises to forgive them. God is kind to Job after all his troubles. And he makes Job richer than he had been before.

7 When the Lord had spoken to Job, he said this to Eliphaz, the man from Teman:

‘I am very angry with you and with your two friends. The things that my servant Job has said about me are true. But the things that you said were not right. 8 You three men must now go to Job. Take seven bulls and seven male sheep with you. Burn them as sacrifices for yourselves. After you have done that, my servant Job will pray for you. I will answer his prayer. Then I will not punish you as you deserve because of your foolish words. My servant Job has spoken the truth about me, but you have not.’

9 So Eliphaz, the man from Teman, Bildad, the man from Shuah, and Zophar, the man from Naamah, did what the Lord had told them to do. And the Lord answered Job's prayer.

10 After Job prayed for his three friends, the Lord made him a rich man again. He gave Job twice as many things as he had before. 11 Then Job's brothers and sisters came to eat a big meal with him in his house. People who had been Job's friends came also. They all told him that they were sad about his troubles. They were upset because the Lord had caused him to suffer. Each of them gave Job a piece of silver and a gold ring.

12 After this, the Lord blessed Job more than in the beginning of his life. All these animals belonged to Job: 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 pairs of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The daughters' names were Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren-Happuch. 15 They were the most beautiful women in the whole land of Uz. Job said that they should receive some of his things after he died, along with their brothers.

42:15This shows that Job loved his daughters very much.

16 Job lived for 140 years after this. He was still alive when his grandchildren and their grandchildren were born. 17 So when Job died, he had lived for a long time.