Job 2

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Satan Attacks Job's Health

1 Again 1there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD.
2 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it."
3 And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still 2holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him 3without reason."
4 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life.
5 But 4stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will 5curse you to your face."
6 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life."
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with loathsome 6sores from 7the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
8 And he took 8a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in 9the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still 10hold fast your integrity? 11Curse God and die."
10 But he said to her, "You speak as one of the 12foolish women would speak. 13Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?"[a]14In all this Job did not 15sin with his lips.

Job's Three Friends

11 Now when Job's three 16friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz 17the Temanite, Bildad 18the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to 19show him sympathy and comfort him.
12 And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they 20tore their robes and sprinkled 21dust on their heads toward heaven.
13 And they sat with him on the ground 22seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

Job 2 Commentary

Chapter 2

Satan obtains leave to try Job. (1-6) Job's sufferings. (7-10) His friends come to comfort him. (11-13)

1-6. How well is it for us, that neither men nor devils are to be our judges! but all our judgment comes from the Lord, who never errs. Job holds fast his integrity still, as his weapon. God speaks with pleasure of the power of his own grace. Self-love and self-preservation are powerful in the hearts of men. But Satan accuses Job, representing him as wholly selfish, and minding nothing but his own ease and safety. Thus are the ways and people of God often falsely blamed by the devil and his agents. Permission is granted to Satan to make trial, but with a limit. If God did not chain up the roaring lion, how soon would he devour us! Job, thus slandered by Satan, was a type of Christ, the first prophecy of whom was, that Satan should bruise his heel, and be foiled.

Verses 7-10 The devil tempts his own children, and draws them to sin, and afterwards torments, when he has brought them to ruin; but this child of God he tormented with affliction, and then tempted to make a bad use of his affliction. He provoked Job to curse God. The disease was very grievous. If at any time we are tried with sore and grievous distempers, let us not think ourselves dealt with otherwise than as God sometimes deals with the best of his saints and servants. Job humbled himself under the mighty hand of God, and brought his mind to his condition. His wife was spared to him, to be a troubler and tempter to him. Satan still endeavours to draw men from God, as he did our first parents, by suggesting hard thoughts of Him, than which nothing is more false. But Job resisted and overcame the temptation. Shall we, guilty, polluted, worthless creatures, receive so many unmerited blessings from a just and holy God, and shall we refuse to accept the punishment of our sins, when we suffer so much less than we deserve? Let murmuring, as well as boasting, be for ever done away. Thus far Job stood the trial, and appeared brightest in the furnace of affliction. There might be risings of corruption in his heart, but grace had the upper hand.

Verses 11-13 The friends of Job seem noted for their rank, as well as for wisdom and piety. Much of the comfort of this life lies in friendship with the prudent and virtuous. Coming to mourn with him, they vented grief which they really felt. Coming to comfort him, they sat down with him. It would appear that they suspected his unexampled troubles were judgments for some crimes, which he had vailed under his professions of godliness. Many look upon it only as a compliment to visit their friends in sorrow; we must look life. And if the example of Job's friends is not enough to lead us to pity the afflicted, let us seek the mind that was in Christ.

Cross References 22

  • 1. Job 1:6
  • 2. ver. 9; [Job 27:5, 6]
  • 3. Job 9:17
  • 4. Job 1:11
  • 5. Job 1:5
  • 6. Exodus 9:9; Leviticus 13:18; [Deuteronomy 28:27]
  • 7. Deuteronomy 28:35; Isaiah 1:6
  • 8. Job 41:30
  • 9. Job 42:6; Ezekiel 27:30; Jonah 3:6; Matthew 11:21
  • 10. ver. 3
  • 11. [See ver. 5 above]
  • 12. [Psalms 74:18, 22]
  • 13. [James 5:10, 11]
  • 14. Job 1:22
  • 15. [Psalms 39:1]
  • 16. [Proverbs 17:17]
  • 17. See 1 Chronicles 1:45
  • 18. Genesis 25:2; 1 Chronicles 1:32
  • 19. Job 42:11; [Romans 12:15]
  • 20. See Genesis 37:29
  • 21. See Joshua 7:6; Nehemiah 9:1; Lamentations 2:10; Ezekiel 27:30
  • 22. Ezekiel 3:15; [Genesis 50:10]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or disaster; also verse 11

Chapter Summary


This chapter gives an account of a second trial of Job's constancy and integrity, the time and occasion of it, Job 2:1-3; the motion made for it by Satan, which being granted, he smote him from head to foot with sore boils, which he endured very patiently, Job 2:4-8; during which sad affliction he is urged by his wife to give up his integrity, which he bravely resisted, Job 2:9,10; and the chapter is concluded with an account of a visit of three of Job's friends, and of their conduct and behaviour towards him, Job 2:11-13.

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