Job 42:6
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New International Version
Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."

New Living Translation
I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance."

English Standard Version
therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

New American Standard Bible
Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes."

King James Bible
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore I take back my words and repent in dust and ashes.

International Standard Version
As a result, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."

NET Bible
Therefore I despise myself, and I repent in dust and ashes!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why I take back what I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show that I am sorry."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

American King James Version
Why I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

American Standard Version
Wherefore I abhor myself , And repent in dust and ashes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore I reprehend myself, and do penance in dust and ashes.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore I abhor [myself], and repent in dust and ashes.

English Revised Version
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

World English Bible
Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore do I loathe it, And I have repented on dust and ashes.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

42:1-6 Job was now sensible of his guilt; he would no longer speak in his own excuse; he abhorred himself as a sinner in heart and life, especially for murmuring against God, and took shame to himself. When the understanding is enlightened by the Spirit of grace, our knowledge of Divine things as far exceeds what we had before, as the sight of the eyes excels report and common fame. By the teachings of men, God reveals his Son to us; but by the teachings of his Spirit he reveals his Son in us, Ga 1:16, and changes us into the same image, 2Co 3:18. It concerns us to be deeply humbled for the sins of which we are convinced. Self-loathing is ever the companion of true repentance. The Lord will bring those whom he loveth, to adore him in self-abasement; while true grace will always lead them to confess their sins without self-justifying.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Wherefore I abhor myself; or, I loathe my words (see the Revised Version). And repent in dust and ashes. Job was still sitting on the ash-heap on which he had thrown himself when his disease first smote him (Job 2:8). He had thrown himself on it in grief and de, pair; he will remain seated on it in compunction and penitence. His self-humiliation is now complete. He does not retract what he has said concerning his essential integrity, but he admits that his words have been overbold, and his attitude towards God one unbefitting a creature. God accepts his submission, and proceeds to vindicate him to his "friends," and to visit them with condemnation.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore I abhor myself,.... Or all my words, as Aben Ezra; all the indecent expressions he had uttered concerning God; he could not bear to think of them; he loathed them, and himself on account of them: sin is abominable in its own nature, and makes men so; it is loathsome to God, and so it is to all good men when they see it in its proper light; am especially when they have a view of the purity and holiness of God, to which that is so very contrary, and also of his grace and goodness in the forgiveness of it; see Isaiah 6:3, Ezekiel 16:63;

and repent in dust and ashes; which was an external ceremony used by mournful and penitent persons; see Job 2:8; and is expressive of the truth and sincerity of repentance; and never do any more truly mourn for sin and repent of it, are more ashamed of it, or have a more godly sorrow for it, or more ingenuously confess it, and heartily forsake it, than those who with an eye of faith behold God in Christ as a sin forgiving God; or behold their sins through the glass of pardoning grace and mercy; see Zechariah 12:10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. myself—rather "I abhor," and retract the rash speeches I made against thee (Job 42:3, 4) [Umbreit].

Job 42:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Submits Himself to God
5"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; 6Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes."
Cross References
Genesis 18:27
Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,

Joshua 7:6
Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.

Job 2:8
Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.

Job 42:5
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.

Job 42:7
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.

Ezekiel 6:9
Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me--how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices.
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Why I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

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Job 9:31 Yet shall you plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.

Job 40:3,4 Then Job answered the LORD, and said…

Ezra 9:6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to …

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite …

Isaiah 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will …

Jeremiah 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was …

Ezekiel 16:63 That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth …

Ezekiel 20:43 And there shall you remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein …

Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that …

Luke 15:18,19 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I …

1 Corinthians 15:8,9 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time…

1 Timothy 1:13-16 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but …

James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will …

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Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself with; and he sat down …

Job 30:19 He has cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.

1 Kings 21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his …

Esther 4:1-3 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, …

Isaiah 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict …

Daniel 9:3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, …

Jonah 3:6-10 For word came to the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, …

Matthew 11:21 Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, …

Luke 10:13 Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works …

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