The Cartoon Old Testament Online Book - Part 3
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Then Job answered the LORD: 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 declare 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."
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Job has just been in dialogue with God about his condition.
God provides a very definitive non-answer to his question (chapter
41), leaving Job to this response above. Job is essentially saying
that he now realizes God is not going to answer his questions,
so he is reluctantly giving up. After this encounter however,
Job is more than restored to his former good condition and in
most respects he passed the test (held to his faith and did not
renounce God). Of course, his original wife, family and cattle
probably weren't too thrilled by the test. It's similar to an
action-adventure movie; it never pays to be the best friend of
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