Job 42: Conclusions & Restoration
Comments: The final chapter of the book first sees Job
humbling himself. God's words have got through to him [v.1-6].
In what many call the epilogue, the round up or conclusion to
the whole book, we will see the Lord rebuking the three friends
and exonerating Job [v.7]. As they have sinned He requires them
to offer a sacrifice as an act of penance and have Job pray for
them [v.8a]. A second time He rebukes them and exonerates Job
[v.8b]. This happens [v.9]. Then comes a complete restoration
of Job's fortunes with family, friends and business [v.10-17].
Job humbles himself
replied to the LORD:
that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?'
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful
for me to know.
‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall
My ears had
heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”
The Lord rebukes the three ‘friends'
the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the
Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you
have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.
take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice
a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for
you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according
to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me,
as my servant Job has.”
the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did
what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job's prayer.
The Lord restores life, family & business
Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes
and gave him twice as much as he had before.
brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came
and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled
him over all the trouble the LORD had brought on him, and each
one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.
LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the former
part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand
yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.
he also had seven sons and three daughters .
first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third
in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job's daughters,
and their father granted them an inheritance along with their
this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children
and their children to the fourth generation.
And so Job
died, an old man and full of years.
Thoughts: Perhaps more than any other book in the Bible,
the book of Job raises questions [and in some, anger] about suffering.
We will consider these things in more detail in an additional
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