God’s Word of Joy
Job 42:1-17: The book of Job is the story of a good man who suffers the loss of his children and property and is afflicted with a repulsive disease. Today’s reading is the concluding chapter to the book which records how Job is restored to his former state with even greater prosperity than before. God reprimands Job’s friends for failing to understand the meaning of Job’s suffering and they are told to make a special offering to avoid being punished. Job prays for his friends as instructed by God, and Job receives the LORD’s blessings.
1Then Job answered the Lord.
2I know, Lord, that you are all-powerful;
that you can do everything you want.
3 You ask how I dare question your wisdom
when I am so very ignorant.
I talked about things I did not understand,
about marvels too great for me to know.
4 You told me to listen while you spoke
and to try to answer your questions.
5In the past I knew only what others had told me,
but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
6So I am ashamed of all I have said
and repent in dust and ashes.
7After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you did not speak the truth about me, the way my servant Job did. 8Now take seven bulls and seven rams to Job and offer them as a sacrifice for yourselves. Job will pray for you, and I will answer his prayer and not disgrace you the way you deserve. You did not speak the truth about me as he did.”
9Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar did what the Lord had told them to do, and the Lord answered Job's prayer.
10 Then, after Job had prayed for his three friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had had before. 11All Job's brothers and sisters and former friends came to visit him and feasted with him in his house. They expressed their sympathy and comforted him for all the troubles the Lord had brought on him. Each of them gave him some money and a gold ring.
12The Lord blessed the last part of Job's life even more than he had blessed the first. Job owned fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, two thousand head of cattle, and one thousand donkeys. 13He was the father of seven sons and three daughters. 14He called the oldest daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the youngest Keren Happuch. 15There were no other women in the whole world as beautiful as Job's daughters. Their father gave them a share of the inheritance along with their brothers.
16Job lived a hundred and forty years after this, long enough to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 17And then he died at a very great age.
I know, LORD, that you are all-powerful; that you can do everything you want.
Chapters 38—41 record how God speaks to Job. Verses 1-6 in today’s reading record Job’s response. What does Job say to God? Have you ever questioned God regarding events that happened in your life?
Lord God, you are all-powerful, and I worship you and praise your holy name. Teach me to listen to your voice and obey your commands. Amen.
Isaiah 7:1-25: The prophet Isaiah delivers a message to King Ahaz of Judah.