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Job Repents in Dust and Ashes

42 Then Job answered Yahweh and said,

“I know that (A)You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that (B)hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things (C)too marvelous for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, now, and I will speak;
I will (D)ask You, and You make me know.’
I have (E)heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my (F)eye sees You;
Therefore I reject myself,
And I repent in dust and ashes.”

Yahweh’s Anger Towards Job’s Friends

Now it happened after Yahweh had spoken these words to Job, that Yahweh said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My anger burns against you and against your two friends because you have not spoken of Me what is right (G)as My servant Job has. So now, take for yourselves (H)seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a (I)burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will (J)pray for you. (K)For I will [a]accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as Yahweh told them; and Yahweh [b]accepted Job.

Yahweh Restores Job’s Fortunes

10 And Yahweh (L)restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and Yahweh increased all that Job had twofold. 11 Then all his (M)brothers and all his sisters and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they (N)consoled him and comforted him for all the calamity that Yahweh had brought on him. And each one gave him one [c]qesitah, and each a ring of gold. 12 (O)And Yahweh blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; (P)and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 pairs of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 (Q)He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he named the first Jemimah and the second Keziah and the third Keren-happuch. 15 Now in all the land no women were found so beautiful as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers. 16 And after this, Job lived 140 years and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations. 17 (R)Then Job died, an old man and full of days.


  1. Job 42:8 Lit lift up his face
  2. Job 42:9 Lit lifted up the face of
  3. Job 42:11 Ancient currency, cf. Gen 33:19; Josh 24:32