Job Chapter Two part 3, A study of Job 2:11 and Job 2:12 & 13 featuring our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Job 2 :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." NIV translation

Now, we are briefly introduced to three of Job's friends and it was not the same at that time as it is today. In our era of hundreds of friends connected by the internet, it seems that the term "friend" has been cheapened to the point where it doesn't mean much. It was not that way during Job's time and these friends must have cared deeply about what had happened to Job as they traveled a good ways to see him.

Eliphaz would have been a grandson of Abraham from the line of Esau and we are reminded that, through that line, came the Amalekites. The Amalekites were a nation of people that hated God and His people as they opposed the Israelites on their march from Egypt to the Promised Land.

Bildad was from the line of Shuah which was the youngest son of Abraham by Keturah. We are reminded that Abraham had married Keturah after the death of Sarah (see Genesis 25:1).

Zophar was a grandson of Abraham's brother Nahor.

Job 2:12 & 13

"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. 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." NIV translation

These friends arrived and were speechless at the sight of their friend and simply sat and mourned with him in silence for seven days. They would have last saw their friend living in wealth and health and now they were probably in shock at the appearance of the man before them.

This all seems good but we must remember that the devil has not given up with his schemes of indirect attack. Even though he had failed with the use of Job's wife, he is going to turn up the heat through these three friends.

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