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      Who Do You Think You Are?

      November 14, 2021 ()

      Bible Text: Job 38:1-7, Job 38:34-41, Job 42:1-6, Job 42:10-17 |

      The Lord Answers Job

      38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

      “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
      Dress for action like a man;
          I will question you, and you make it known to me.

      “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
      Tell me, if you have understanding.
      Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
      Or who stretched the line upon it?
      On what were its bases sunk,
      or who laid its cornerstone,
      when the morning stars sang together
      and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

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      34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
          that a flood of waters may cover you?
      35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
          and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
      36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts
          or given understanding to the mind?
      37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
          Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
      38 when the dust runs into a mass
          and the clods stick fast together?

      39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
          or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
      40 when they crouch in their dens
          or lie in wait in their thicket?
      41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
          when its young ones cry to God for help,
          and wander about for lack of food?

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      Job's Confession and Repentance

      42 Then Job answered the Lord and said:

      “I know that you can do all things,
          and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
      ‘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.
      ‘Hear, and I will speak;
          I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
      I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
          but now my eye sees you;
      therefore I despise myself,
          and repent in dust and ashes.”

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      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. 11 Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.

      12 And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. 15 And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job's daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 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.

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