| 1 ¶ Then Job answered
the LORD, and said,
.2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
.3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
| 1 -
The Lord declared that He was indebted to no one and concluded His description
of the sea beast, Leviathan jb4111.
2 - Every thing Job acknowledges the Lord's omnipotence (all powerful).
2 - No thought ... withholden The Lord's omniscience (all knowing). ps04421, ps13902.
3 - Who is he? A repetition of the question introducing chapter 38 jb3801.
3 - Wonderful ... knew not Greater knowledge from God helps us see our understanding as limited 1co1312.
| 4 Hear, I beseech thee, and
I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
.5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
| 4 -
will demand The statement of God in jb3802
continuing the parallel of v3. This time Job is ready to respond.
5 - I have heard The common teaching that good people prosper and bad ones suffer.
5 - Now ... seeth Not literal seeing at least, not as we normally think of it ex3320. Greater experience has enlightened his understanding mt1125, ro0801, ga0409.
6 - Repent in dust and ashes Whether literally or in spirit, He is still where we first saw him in his affliction jb0207. Compare lu0508, is0605.
¶ And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job,
the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee,
and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that
is right, as my servant Job hath.
.8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
| 7 -
unto Job ... wrath ... against [Eliphaz] Job had erred while
holding faith in God while Eliphaz and friends had neglected to care about
Job's suffering maintaining their traditional idea that affliction proved
8 - Offering ... Job shall pray Intercessory prayer is important but not a substitute for repentance on the part of the sinner.
8 - My servant Job The Lord had described Job this way before the great testing of his faith jb0108.
9 - The Lord also accepted Job Job had the responsibility of forgiving his accusers. The "also" implies that his friends, too, had been accepted.
¶ And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his
friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
- When he prayed This kind of prayer shows the attitude of
11 - Brethren They had abandoned him jb1913, jb1919.
So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for
he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand
yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.
|Blessed more Compare Bildad's prediction which depended on Job's repentance jb0807.|
| 15 And in all the land were
no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them
inheritance among their brethren.
16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
.17 So Job died, being old and full of days.