Opening Prayer

Father God, my heart is your home, your dwelling place. Enable me to make it a house of prayer.

Read JOB 42


42 Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.”


After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver[a] and a gold ring.

12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so Job died, an old man and full of years.


  1. Job 42:11 Hebrew him a kesitah; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value.

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‘I hope for hope, Lord. The seeds of light sown in the darkness around your cross … fruit in the fallow fields of my small life.’1 Thank God there is hope.

Think Further

In long seasons of pain and suffering I have sometimes used verse 2 as a prayer, reminding myself that no purpose of God’s can be thwarted. Job’s season of great distress is about to end. Among his last recorded words are ‘Therefore I … repent’ (v 6). This shows him to be the man that God declared him to be in the opening chapters.2 He repents, not of the evil of which his friends accused him, but of the mistake of thinking that he understood things about God that were too wonderful for him to know (v 3). The word ‘know’ is important. Job’s previous knowledge of the universe was inadequate, but following the remarkable revelation given him, he now knows the Lord of the universe and realizes that he can be trusted. He bows the knee before the one who is in sovereign control of all things. Nothing has yet changed in his condition, but his heart has yielded.

God reveals to the friends that, following their sacrifices, Job will pray for them. His prayers will be accepted on their behalf despite their folly and attacks upon him. It can be extremely hard to pray for those who have really hurt us. Yet, Jesus teaches us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.3 It is only after Job prays for his friends that he himself is healed and restored in both fortune and well-being. He receives from the Lord double his losses (v 12).4 Job had craved justice, but what he receives instead is grace. God’s blessings far outweigh what we deserve. Grace means an abundance of amazing favor to Job and, at last, his real friends gather to comfort, console and be with him. Party time in the end!


Read verse 2 again and Romans 8:28 and consider the implications for your life. Thank God that he is still in charge and working his purposes out.

Closing prayer

Lord Jesus, once again I affirm you as the Lord of my life. You have authority over me and I always desire to be your servant.

Last Updated on April 18, 2023 by kingstar

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