Job 42 Bible Commentary

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42:2 I know that thou canst do every [thing], and [that] no a thought can be withholden from thee.

(a) No thought so secret but you see it, nor anything that you think but that you can bring it to pass.

42:3 Who [is] he that hideth counsel without b knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, c which I knew not.

(b) Is there any but I? for this God laid to his charge, (Job 38:2).
(c) I confess in this my ignorance, and that I spoke of what I did not know.

42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, d and declare thou unto me.

(d) He shows that he will be God's scholar to learn of him.

42:5 I have e heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

(e) I knew you only before by hearsay, but now you have caused me to feel what you are to me, that I may resign myself over to you.

42:7 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] f right, as my servant g Job [hath].

(f) You took in hand an evil cause, in that you condemned him by his outward afflictions, and not comforted him with my mercies.
(g) Who had a good cause, but handled it evil.

42:8 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 h 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.

(h) When you have reconciled yourselves to him for the faults that you have committed against him, he will pray for you, and I will hear him.

42:10 And the LORD turned the i captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

(i) He delivered him out of the affliction he was in.

42:11 Then came there unto him all his k 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.

(k) That is, all his kindred, read (Job 19:13).

42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had l fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

(l) God made him twice as rich in cattle as he was before, and gave him as many children as he had taken from him.

42:14 And he called the name of the first, m Jemima; and the name of the second, n Kezia; and the name of the third, o Kerenhappuch.

(m) That is, of long life, or beautiful as the day.
(n) As pleasant as cassia or sweet spice.
(o) That is, the horn of beauty.