The last response of Job (Job 42:1-42:6)

“Then Job answered Yahweh.

‘I know that you can do all things.

No purpose of yours can be thwarted.

‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’

Therefore I have uttered

What I did not understand,

Things too wonderful for me,

That I did not know.


I will speak.

I will question you.

You declare to me.’

I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear.

But now my eye sees you.

Therefore I despise myself.

I repent in dust and ashes.’”

Job responded to Yahweh. He recognized that Yahweh was all powerful. No one could go against God but Job lacked the knowledge so that he never understood this correctly. These were wonderful things. Now he wanted Yahweh to listen to him. Job was willing to listen to Yahweh since he had not only heard Yahweh, he had seen him. The conclusion for Job was repentance. He had not understood the will of God. He had proudly protested his righteousness. Now he realized that he was wrong. He hated himself and was going to go into formal repentance with dust and ashes.

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