"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Preaching Series on Job
Job 42:7-17 Commentary
by Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
[This is Week 6 of a 6-week preaching series on Job.]
In the last chapter of the book, Job is commended by God for speaking "to me rightly" (42:7-8; a better translation than "of me what is right.") Job, unlike his friends, has continued to speak to God rather than just about God and has thereby been faithful to that relationship.
Job's fortunes are restored. He (and presumably Mrs. Job) have more children, and he gives his daughters names befitting their great beauty and an inheritance along with their brothers (an unheard-of act in that patriarchal culture). In other words, Job learns to govern his world the way God governs God's world: with great delight in his children's beauty and freedom. Like God, Job gives his children the freedom to be who they were created to be.
Though some readers find the epilogue of Job unsatisfactory, Ellen Davis suggests that the question one must ask is not, "How much (or how little) does it cost God to give more children?" but "What does it cost Job to become a father again?" (Getting ...
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