2 No one can oppose you, because you have the power to do what you want. 3 You asked why I talk so much when I know so little. I have talked about things that are far beyond my understanding. 4 You told me to listen and answer your questions.[a] 5 I heard about you from others; now I have seen you with my own eyes. 6 That’s why I hate myself and sit here in dust and ashes to show my sorrow.
The Lord Corrects Job’s Friends
7 The Lord said to Eliphaz:
What my servant Job has said about me is true, but I am angry at you and your two friends for not telling the truth. 8 So I want you to go over to Job and offer seven bulls and seven goats on an altar as a sacrifice to please me.[b] After this, Job will pray, and I will agree not to punish you for your foolishness.
42.4questions: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 4.
42.8sacrifice to please me: These sacrifices have traditionally been called “whole burnt offerings” because the whole animal was burned 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.”
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