Job's reply to the LORD
No one can oppose you
2No one can oppose you,
because you have the power
to do what you want.
3You asked why I talk so much42.3: Job 38.2.
when I know so little.
I have talked about things
that are far beyond
4You told me to listen42.4: Job 38.3.
and answer your questions.42.4 questions: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 4.
5I heard about you from others;
now I have seen you
with my own eyes.
6That's why I hate myself
and sit here in dust and ashes
to show my sorrow.
The Lord again blesses Job with health, wealth, and family
The LORD corrects Job's friends
7The LORD said to Eliphaz:
What my servant Job has said about me is true, but I am angry with you and your two friends for not telling the truth. 8So I want you to go over to Job and offer seven bulls and seven goats on an altar as a sacrifice to please me.42.8 sacrifice to please me: These sacrifices have traditionally been called “whole burnt offerings” because the whole animal was burnt on the altar. A main purpose of such sacrifices was to please the LORD with the smell of the sacrifice, and so in the CEV they are often called “sacrifices to please the LORD”. After this, Job will pray, and I will agree not to punish you for your foolishness.
9Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar obeyed the LORD, and he answered Job's prayer.
A happy ending
10After Job had prayed for his three friends, the LORD made Job twice as rich as he had been before.42.10: Job 1.1-3. 11Then Job gave a feast for his brothers and sisters and for his old friends. They expressed their sorrow for the suffering the LORD had brought on him, and they each gave Job some silver and a gold ring.
12The LORD now blessed Job more than ever; he gave him fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand pair of oxen, and a thousand donkeys.
13In addition to seven sons, Job had three daughters, 14whose names were Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren Happuch. 15They were the most beautiful women in that part of the world, and Job gave them shares of his property, along with their brothers.
16Job lived for another one hundred and forty years—long enough to see his great-grandchildren have children of their own— 17and when he finally died, he was very old.
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