42:12 the Lord blessed. Job is restored, and those who refused to be near him in his dark hour (19:13–20) are forgiven. Commentators have objected to this restoration, since so many through the ages have suffered without being restored. But God had allowed Satan (the Adversary) to strike Job to prove that His servant would remain true. The reader knows that Satan was proved a liar: Job never cursed God (1:11; 2:5) and God was glorified. It was the good pleasure of God to reward His servant. The “steadfastness of Job” was known to God (James 5:11). Job’s cry, “I will argue my ways to his face” (13:15), can be compared with Jacob’s, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Gen. 32:26).