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Job 42 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Job Speaks: I Admit That I Was Wrong

Then Job answered the Lord,

“I know that you can do everything
    and that your plans are unstoppable.

You said, ‘Who is this that belittles my advice
    without having any knowledge about it?’
        Yes, I have stated things I didn’t understand,
            things too mysterious for me to know.

You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak.
    I will ask you, and you will teach me.’
        I had heard about you with my own ears,
            but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
    That is why I take back what I said,
        and I sit in dust and ashes to show that I am sorry.”

Job’s Life Is Restored

After the Lord had said those things to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz from Teman, “I’m very angry with you and your two friends because you didn’t speak what is right about me as my servant Job has done. So take seven young bulls and seven rams. Go to my servant Job, and make a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you. Then I will accept his prayer not to treat you as godless fools. After all, you didn’t speak what is right about me as my servant Job has done.”

Then Eliphaz of Teman, Bildad of Shuah, and Zophar of Naama went and did what the Lord had told them to do. And the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

10 After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored Job’s prosperity and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers and sisters and everyone who had previously known him came to him. They ate with him at his house, sympathized with him, and comforted him for all the evil the Lord had brought to him. Each one gave him some money[a] and a gold ring.

12 The Lord blessed the latter years of Job’s life more than the earlier years. He had 14,000 sheep and goats, 6,000 camels, 2,000 oxen, and 1,000 donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 He named the first daughter Jemimah, the second Cassia, and the third Keren Happuch. 15 Nowhere in the whole country could be found women who were as beautiful as Job’s daughters. Their father gave them and their brothers an inheritance.

16 Job lived 140 years after this. He saw his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. [b] 17 Then at a very old age, Job died.


  1. Job 42:11 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
  2. Job 42:17 Or “grandchildren, four generations.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of God's Word Mission Society.

Job 42 The Voice (VOICE)

42 Job answered the Eternal One.

Job: I know You can do everything;
        nothing You do can be foiled or frustrated.
    You asked,
        “Who is this that conceals counsel with empty words void of knowledge?”[a]
    And now I see that I spoke of—but did not comprehend—
        great wonders that are beyond me. I didn’t know.
    You said, “Hear Me now, and I will speak.
        I’ll be asking the questions, and you will supply the answers.”[b]
    Before I knew only what I had heard of You,
        but now I have seen You.
    Therefore I realize the truth:
        I disavow and mourn all I have said
        and repent in dust and ash.

After the Eternal had spoken these words to Job, He turned and spoke to Eliphaz from Teman.

Eternal One: My anger is burning against you and your two friends because you have not spoken rightly of Me, as My servant Job has. So now, gather your friends and bring seven bulls and seven rams. Then go to My servant Job, make a burnt offering for yourselves, and he will pray for you. I will accept his prayer. Despite the fact that you have not spoken rightly of Me, as My servant Job did, I will not deal with you according to your foolish ways.

So Eliphaz from Teman, Bildad from Shuhah, and Zophar from Naamath went and did as the Eternal commanded, and He accepted Job’s prayer for them.

10 The Eternal restored the fortunes of Job after he prayed for his friends; He even doubled the wealth he had before. 11 All of his brothers and sisters, along with those he had known earlier, came and shared meals with him at his house. They sympathized with him and consoled him regarding the great distress the Eternal had brought on him. Each guest gave him a sum of money and each, a golden ring. 12 The Eternal One blessed the last part of Job’s life even more than the first part. He went on to possess 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He also fathered 7 more sons and 3 more daughters. 14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, his second Keziah, and his third Keren-happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land could one find women as captivatingly beautiful as Job’s daughters, or as independently wealthy: their father gave them each a share of the family inheritance along with their brothers. 16 After all this, Job lived 140 years. He lived to see his children and their children and so on, to the fourth generation. 17 Then Job died, old, and satisfied with his days.

The Voice (VOICE)

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