Job 2:11-13

11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.
13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

Job 2:11-13 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 2

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.

Job 2:11-13 In-Context

9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.
13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

Cross References 11

  • 1. S Genesis 36:11; Jeremiah 49:7
  • 2. S Genesis 25:2
  • 3. Job 11:1; Job 20:1
  • 4. S Genesis 37:35; S Job 6:10; John 11:19; Job 42:11; Romans 12:15
  • 5. Job 17:7; Isaiah 52:14
  • 6. S 2 Samuel 15:23
  • 7. S Genesis 37:29; S Mark 14:63
  • 8. S Joshua 7:6; S 2 Samuel 1:2; Nehemiah 9:1; Lamentations 2:10; Ezekiel 27:30
  • 9. Isaiah 3:26; Isaiah 47:1; Jeremiah 48:18; Lamentations 2:10; Ezekiel 26:16; John 3:6; Haggai 2:22
  • 10. S Genesis 50:10; Ezekiel 3:15
  • 11. Proverbs 17:28; Isaiah 23:2; Isaiah 47:5
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