“Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
“Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you.
and no one can stop you.
You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’
It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about,
things far too wonderful for me.
You said, ‘Listen and I will speak!
I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.’
I had only heard about you before,
but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
I take back everything I said,
and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”
But our story does not end there with Job. God has words for three of his friends too. God tells them He is angry with them for the things they have said about Him. God is angry with them. Let that sink in for a moment. So God gives them an out. He tells them to bring their sacrifice to Job and offer up a burnt offering there to the Lord and Job will pray for them. This is the part that intrigues me today. God directs Job to pray for these men.
When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes.
In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!
(Job 42: 8-10)