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4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
'Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes'. (Job 42:6)
Job was the most righteous man of his day: a giant of faith and endurance -- "perfect and upright," "none like him in all the earth," according to the testimony of God Himself (Job 1:8). Still, Job has something to learn, something in which to be developed and brought to beautiful fruition, as he at last freely and humbly confesses (40:4; 42:6).
Unquestionably, Job was a better, wiser, greater, more understanding man, much closer to God, after his terrible trial than before. And he had attained to a far higher position in the Divine Purpose and Manifestation.
As a prosperous and honoured sheik, he never would have fully known God. He never would have become an inspiration and example for all ages. He never would have been granted the unique and inestimable privilege of the direct Divine revelation he received.