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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 42

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1Job answered the LORD:

2I know that you can do all things and that no purpose is beyond you. 3You ask: Who is this obscuring counsel yet lacking knowledge? But I have spoken of things which I have not understood, things too wonderful for me to know. 4Listen, and let me speak. You said: I shall put questions to you, and you must answer. 5I knew of you then only by report, but now I see you with my own eyes. 6Therefore I yield, repenting in dust and ashes.

7 WHEN the LORD had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘My anger is aroused against you and your two friends, because, unlike my servant Job, you have not spoken as you ought about me a 42:7 unlike … me: so some MSS; others you have not spoken as you ought to me about my servant Job. . 8Now take seven bulls and seven rams, go to my servant Job and offer a whole-offering for yourselves, and he will intercede for you. I shall surely show him favour by not being harsh with you because you have not spoken as you ought about me, as he has done b 42:8 about … done: so some MSS; others to me about him. .’ 9Then Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar c 42:9 and Zophar: so many MSS; others omit and. the Naamathite went and carried out the LORD's command, and the LORD showed favour to Job 10when he had interceded for his friends.

The LORD restored Job's fortunes, and gave him twice the possessions he had before. 11All Job's brothers and sisters and his acquaintance of former days came and feasted with him in his home. They consoled and comforted him for all the misfortunes which the LORD had inflicted on him, and each of them gave him a sheep d 42:11 sheep: or piece of money. and a gold ring. 12Thus the LORD blessed the end of Job's life more than the beginning: he had fourteen thousand sheep and six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and as many she-donkeys. 13He also had seven e 42:13 seven: or fourteen. sons and three daughters; 14he named his eldest daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. 15There were no women in all the world so beautiful as Job's daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance with their brothers.

16Thereafter Job lived another hundred and forty years; he saw his sons and his grandsons to four generations, 17and he died at a very great age.

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a 42:7 unlike … me: so some MSS; others you have not spoken as you ought to me about my servant Job.

b 42:8 about … done: so some MSS; others to me about him.

c 42:9 and Zophar: so many MSS; others omit and.

d 42:11 sheep: or piece of money.

e 42:13 seven: or fourteen.

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