VII. The Epilogue (42:7-17)
42:7 After the Lord had spoken these things to Job, he 1 said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My anger is stirred up 2 against you and your two friends, because you have not spoken about me what is right, 3 as my servant Job has. 42:8 So now take 4 seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job will intercede 5 for you, and I will respect him, 6 so that I do not deal with you 7 according to your folly, 8 because you have not spoken about me what is right, as my servant Job has.” 9
[42:7] 3 tn The form נְכוֹנָה (nÿkhonah) is from כּוּן (kun, “to be firm; to be fixed; to be established”). Here it means “the right thing” or “truth.” The Akkadian word kenu (from כּוּן, kun) connotes justice and truth.
[42:8] 5 tn The verb “pray” is the Hitpael from the root פָּלַל (palal). That root has the main idea of arbitration; so in this stem it means “to seek arbitration [for oneself],” or “to pray,” or “to intercede.”
[42:8] 9 sn The difference between what they said and what Job said, therefore, has to do with truth. Job was honest, spoke the truth, poured out his complaints, but never blasphemed God. For his words God said he told the truth. He did so with incomplete understanding, and with all the impatience and frustration one might expect. Now the friends, however, did not tell what was right about God. They were not honest; rather, they were self-righteous and condescending. They were saying what they thought should be said, but it was wrong.