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Job 42

Job 42:6 KJV (With Strong’s)

Whereforeh I abhor
ma'ac (Hebrew #3988)
to spurn; also (intransitively) to disappear
KJV usage: abhor, cast away (off), contemn, despise, disdain, (become) loathe(some), melt away, refuse, reject, reprobate, X utterly, vile person.
Pronounce: maw-as'
Origin: a primitive root
myself, and repent
nacham (Hebrew #5162)
properly, to sigh, i.e. breathe strongly; by implication, to be sorry, i.e. (in a favorable sense) to pity, console or (reflexively) rue; or (unfavorably) to avenge (oneself)
KJV usage: comfort (self), ease (one's self), repent(-er,-ing, self).
Pronounce: naw-kham'
Origin: a primitive root
in dust
`aphar (Hebrew #6083)
dust (as powdered or gray); hence, clay, earth, mud
KJV usage: ashes, dust, earth, ground, morter, powder, rubbish.
Pronounce: aw-fawr'
Origin: from 6080
and ashes
'epher (Hebrew #665)
KJV usage: ashes.
Pronounce: ay'-fer
Origin: from an unused root meaning to bestrew

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Job 9:31• 31Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me. (Job 9:31)
Job 40:3‑4• 3Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
4Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
(Job 40:3‑4)
Ezra 9:6• 6And 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. (Ezra 9:6)
Psa. 51:17• 17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psa. 51:17)
Isa. 5:5• 5And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: (Isa. 5:5)
Jer. 31:19• 19Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. (Jer. 31:19)
Ezek. 16:63• 63That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord God. (Ezek. 16:63)
Ezek. 20:43• 43And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. (Ezek. 20:43)
Ezek. 36:31• 31Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. (Ezek. 36:31)
Luke 15:18‑19• 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
(Luke 15:18‑19)
1 Cor. 15:8‑9• 8And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
9For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
(1 Cor. 15:8‑9)
1 Tim. 1:13‑16• 13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
(1 Tim. 1:13‑16)
James 4:7‑10• 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
(James 4:7‑10)
Job 2:8• 8And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. (Job 2:8)
Job 30:19• 19He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes. (Job 30:19)
1 Kings 21:27• 27And 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. (1 Kings 21:27)
Esther 4:1‑3• 1When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;
2And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
3And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
(Esther 4:1‑3)
Isa. 58:5• 5Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? (Isa. 58:5)
Dan. 9:3• 3And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: (Dan. 9:3)
Jonah 3:6‑10• 6For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
8But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
(Jonah 3:6‑10)
Matt. 11:21• 21Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (Matt. 11:21)
Luke 10:13• 13Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. (Luke 10:13)
 When Job had been brought to that, it made him speak,-instead of "laying his hand upon his mouth" (Job 40:4; 42:6). (Hunt’s Sayings - 507 by R. Hunt)
 All the “filthy rags” of an imagined personal righteousness dropped from him, and he stood in all the naked horror of pride and rebellion against God. “Wherefore I abhor” —what? The whole past, every unjust suspicion, every hot accusation, every despairing, restless lament? Yea, more, the author and source of these— “I abhor myself” For who can doubt that Job’s penitence goes beyond the mere judging of his words; he judged himself. (Job 38-42:6 by S. Ridout)
 He repents of himself, a sorrow and a penitence vastly deeper than any mere acknowledgment of actions and words. (Job 38-42:6 by S. Ridout)
 We may say, whatever Satan’s sinister object was in all these sufferings inflicted upon Job, God’s purpose was to elicit just this confession. And why? To humiliate him? No, but to give him the true glory—to privilege him, out of the dust, to behold the glory of the Lord, and never again to have a cloud upon his soul! (Job 38-42:6 by S. Ridout)

J. N. Darby Translation

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