Job 42:6
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.”

Berean Study Bible
Therefore I retract my words, and I 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.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, I reject my words and am sorry for them; I am dust and ashes.

Contemporary English Version
That's why I hate myself and sit here in dust and ashes to show my sorrow.

Good News Translation
So I am ashamed of all I have said 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!

New Heart English Bible
Therefore I abhor myself, and 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."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore I abhor my words, and repent, Seeing I am dust and ashes.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.”

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wherefore I have counted myself vile, and have fainted: and I esteem myself 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.
Study Bible
Job Submits Himself to the LORD
5My ears had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen You. 6Therefore I retract my words, and I repent in dust and ashes.”
Cross References
Genesis 18:27
Then Abraham answered, "Now that I have ventured to speak to the Lord--though I am but dust and ashes--

Joshua 7:6
Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown before the ark of the LORD until evening, as did the elders of Israel; and they all sprinkled dust on their heads.

Job 2:8
And Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself 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 spoken these words to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against you and your two friends. For you have not spoken about Me accurately, as My servant Job has.

Ezekiel 6:9
Then in the nations to which they have been carried captive, your survivors will remember Me--how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts that turned away from Me, and by their eyes that lusted after idols. So they will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their abominations.

Treasury of Scripture

Why I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

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Job 9:31
Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine 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 thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

repent

Job 2:8
And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

Job 30:19
He hath 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 clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.







Lexicon
Therefore
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

I retract [my words],
אֶמְאַ֣ס (’em·’as)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3988: To spurn, to disappear

and I repent
וְנִחַ֑מְתִּי (wə·ni·ḥam·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5162: To sigh, breathe strongly, to be sorry, to pity, console, rue, to avenge

in
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

dust
עָפָ֥ר (‘ā·p̄ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

and ashes.”
וָאֵֽפֶר׃ (wā·’ê·p̄er)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 665: Ashes
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. 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.
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