After the relentless crushing words from God to how could Job ever think of questioning Him, God, when it was clear God is the supreme being, the make of all thinks, all animals, the thinking we have, the thoughts – where does wisdom come from!
There are to amazing parts to this last chapter. The first is God spoke to Job’s friends and told them why he was upset with them; however, God made it clear if they repent, he will not hold their bad advice against them; however, one caveat, Job needs to pray for them. As far as we know, God and Job did not have a conversation about this; however, it would be easy for God to put forgiveness into Job’s heart; however, I don’t believe God had too. Based on what God said about Job in the beginning, Job is an understanding servant of God. Thus, Job prayed for them and God accepted it and this is when and only when God was willing to restore Job’s life – double.
Job 42:1–6 (ESV)
Job’s Confession and Repentance
42 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 “I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 ‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
6 therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”
Job 42:7–9 (ESV)
The Lord Rebukes Job’s Friends
7 After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8 Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
Job 42:10 (ESV)
The Lord Restores Job’s Fortunes
10 And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Job 42:12 (ESV)
12 And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.
Job 42:16–17 (ESV)
16 And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. 17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days.