Job 2:7-10

7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.
8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
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[a] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Job 2:7-10 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 2:7-10 In-Context

5 But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
6 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.
8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
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.

Cross References 6

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 28:35; Job 7:5; S Job 16:16
  • 2. Genesis 18:27; Esther 4:3; Job 16:15; Job 19:9; Job 30:19; Job 42:6; Psalms 7:5; Isaiah 58:5; Isaiah 61:3; Jeremiah 6:26; Lamentations 3:29; Ezekiel 26:16; Ezekiel 27:30; Jnh 3:5-8,6; Matthew 11:21
  • 3. Job 6:29; Job 13:15; Job 27:5; Job 33:9; Job 35:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:8
  • 4. S Exodus 20:7; S 2 Kings 6:33
  • 5. S Job 1:21; S Ecclesiastes 2:24; Lamentations 3:38
  • 6. S Job 1:22; S Job 6:24; Psalms 39:1; James 1:12; James 5:11

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Hebrew word rendered "foolish" denotes moral deficiency.
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