Job 2:9-10

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 2:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
ESV
9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die."
NLT
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”
MSG
9 His wife said, "Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you? Curse God and be done with it!"
CSB
9 His wife said to him, "Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God and die!"

Job 2:9-10 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 2:9-10 In-Context

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 4

  • 1. Job 6:29; Job 13:15; Job 27:5; Job 33:9; Job 35:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:8
  • 2. S Exodus 20:7; S 2 Kings 6:33
  • 3. S Job 1:21; S Ecclesiastes 2:24; Lamentations 3:38
  • 4. 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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