Job 42: 8, 10 – When He Prayed

Job 42: 8, 10
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Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
-After a series of traumatic events that took Job to perhaps the lowest place a person can get to in life, the Lord delivered him out of them all and “blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.” (Job 42:12)  Consider when the Lord delivered Job; “when he prayed for his friends“. Remember that these are the same “friends” who just spent the last 30 chapters criticizing Job and blaming him for his problems.   Anyone else ever have a “friend” like that?  Being nice to someone nice is easy, but being nice to someone after they’ve hurt you is hard.  That is the Lord’s standard; He sticks to it and He expects the same of us.  We can’t just love and pray for those who help us and encourage us, we are expected to “bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)
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