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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.
2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
2:11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
2:13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

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Everything King James Bible:Job
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Job
Chapter: 2

Satan obtains leave to try Job. (1-6) Job's sufferings. (7-10)
His friends come to comfort him. (11-13)

1-6. How Well is it for us, that neither men nor devils are to
be our Judges! but all our Judgment comes from the Lord, who
never errs. Job holds Fast his integrity still, as his weapon.
God speaks with pleasure of the power of his own Grace.
Self-Love and self-preservation are powerful in the hearts of
men. But Satan accuses Job, representing him as wholly selfish,
and minding nothing but his own ease and safety. Thus are the
ways and people of God often falsely blamed By the Devil and his
agents. Permission is granted to Satan to make trial, but with a
limit. If God did not Chain up the roaring lion, how soon would
he devour us! Job, thus slandered By Satan, was a Type of
Christ, the first Prophecy of whom was, that Satan should bruise
his heel, and be foiled.

7-10 The Devil tempts his own children, and draws them to Sin,
and afterwards torments, when he has brought them to ruin; but
this Child of God he tormented with affliction, and then tempted
to make a bad use of his affliction. He provoked Job to Curse
God. The disease was very grievous. If at any time we are tried
with sore and grievous distempers, let us not think ourselves
dealt with otherwise than as God sometimes deals with the best
of his saints and servants. Job humbled himself under the mighty
Hand of God, and brought his mind to his condition. His Wife was
spared to him, to be a troubler and tempter to him. Satan still
endeavours to draw men from God, as he did our first parents, By
suggesting hard thoughts of Him, than which nothing is more
false. But Job resisted and overcame the Temptation. Shall we,
guilty, polluted, worthless creatures, receive So many unmerited
blessings from a just and holy God, and shall we refuse to
accept the Punishment of our sins, when we suffer So much less
than we deserve? Let Murmuring, as Well as boasting, be for ever
done away. Thus far Job stood the trial, and appeared brightest
in the Furnace of affliction. There might be risings of
corruption in his Heart, but Grace had the upper Hand.

11-13 The friends of Job seem noted for their rank, as Well as
for Wisdom and Piety. Much of the comfort of this Life lies in
friendship with the prudent and virtuous. Coming to Mourn with
him, they vented grief which they really felt. Coming to comfort
him, they sat down with him. It would appear that they suspected
his unexampled troubles were judgments for some crimes, which he
had veiled under his professions of Godliness. Many look upon it
only as a compliment to visit their friends in sorrow; we must
look upon it as a duty: if religion live in the Heart, this will
be a Fruit in the Life. And if the Example of Job's friends is
not enough to lead us to pity the afflicted, let us seek the mind
that was in Christ.

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