Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
About the Headline: Not only is there “silence” on the part of Job’s friends, but the sighs are a seven day session for a Lent of Job’s season of suffering.
Satan Attacks Job’s Health
Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
- Same answer as chapter one.
- God already knew where he came from…
Job 2:3 Then 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, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy (Lit. consume) him without cause.”
- Still today, Satan incites and destroys. He is a sea monster who lives in the sea of people fouling the waters. He causes the water to boil. He is called the Leviathan in Job 41.
Job 2:4 So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
Job 2:5 But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You (Lit. bless, but in an evil sense; cf. Job 1:5) to Your face!”
Job 2:6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”
Job 2:7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
- Like Job, Jesus also was struck from the sole of his feet to the crown of His head.
See Topic: Shroud of Turin believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus.
Job 2:8 And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.
- A Potsherd is a piece from broken pottery. Broken pottery is symbolic of broken men since God made man from clay.
- Akin to “thorns”, “broken pottery” also shows up in scripture with the presence of Satan’s work: Judas’ money purchased a potter’s field where the poor were buried. In Job 41:30 Satan as the Leviathan has undersides like sharp potsherds which spreads pointed marks in the mire (mankind – made of clay).
Job 2:9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God (Lit. Bless, but in an evil sense; cf. Job 1:5) and die!”
- Job’s wife does not have the same attitude as Job.
Job 2:10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Job’s Three Friends
Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him.
- Job’s friends, according to the Greek Septuagint are descendants of Esau, even as Job is. They are Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.
Job 2:12 And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven.
Job 2:13 So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights,
and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.
- Metaphorically, there is silence in the courtroom of heaven as the angels wait for an outcome to decide if … in the future … will God be able to protect the righteousness by putting a hedge of thorns around them? Or … is God breaking His own laws?
- The Prosecutor is clever. He has cast aspersions on God, on Man, and on God’s agenda for man.
- If Satan makes his case, what lays in store for future generations?
- Furthermore; How much authority does God have if He cannot break His own laws?