Job 2:13
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.

English Standard Version
And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

New American Standard Bible
Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they sat on the ground with him seven days and nights, but no one spoke a word to him because they saw that his suffering was very intense.

International Standard Version
and sat with Job on the ground for a full week without saying a word, since they could see the great extent of his anguish. Job Laments the Day He was Born

NET Bible
Then they sat down with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, yet no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him because they saw that he was in such great pain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word unto him; for they saw that his grief was very great.

King James 2000 Bible
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

American King James Version
So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no man spoke to him a word: for they saw that his grief was very great.

Darby Bible Translation
And they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights; and none spoke a word to him; for they saw that [his] anguish was very great.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

World English Bible
So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.

Young's Literal Translation
And they sit with him on the earth seven days and seven nights, and there is none speaking unto him a word when they have seen that the pain hath been very great.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:11-13 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 vailed under his professions of godliness. Many look upon it only as a compliment to visit their friends in sorrow; we must look 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights. Professor Lee supposes that this is not to be taken literally. "It means" he says, "that they sat with him a considerable length of time before they opened the question discussed in this book, not that they sat precisely seven days and seven nights, and said not so much as one word to him" ('The Book of the Patriarch Job; p. 194). But the period of" seven days" was appropriate to mournings (Genesis 1:10 2Samuel 31:13 Ezekiel 3:15), and if they could stay with him one day and one night without speaking, why not seven? Food would be brought them, and they might sleep rolled up in their begeds. The long silence may be accounted for by the fact that "among the Jews," and among Orientals generally, "it is a point of decorum, and one dictated by a fine and true feeling, not to speak to a person in deep affliction until he gives an intimation of a desire to be comforted" (Cook). So long as Job kept silence they had to keep silence, at least so far as he was concerned. They might speak to any attendants who drew near, and they might speak one to another. Note the words which follow: And none spake a word unto him None spake to him; but no etiquette imposed complete silence on them. For they saw that his grief was very great. So great that he could not as yet bear to be spoken to.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights,.... Which was the usual time of mourning, Genesis 50:10; not that they were in this posture all this time, without sleeping, eating, or drinking, and other necessaries of life; but they came and sat with him every day and night for seven days and nights running, and sat the far greater part of them with him, conforming themselves to him and sympathizing with him:

and none spake a word unto him; concerning his affliction and the cause of it, and what they thought about it; partly through the loss they were at concerning it, hesitating in their minds, and having some suspicion of evil in Job; and partly through the grief of their own hearts, and the vehemence of their passions, but chiefly because of the case and circumstances Job was in, as follows:

for they saw that his grief was very great; and they knew not well what comfort to administer, and were fearful lest they should add grief to grief; or they saw that his "grief increased exceedingly" (r); his boils, during these seven days, grew sorer and sorer, and his pain became more intolerable, that there was no speaking to him until he was a little at ease, and more composed and capable of attending to what might be said; they waited a proper opportunity, and which they quickly had, by what Job said in the following chapter: this account is given of his three friends in this place, because the greater part of the book that follows is taken up in giving an account of a dispute which passed between him and them, occasioned by what he delivered in the next chapter.

(r) "quod creverat dolor valde", Pagninus, Montanus; so Mercerus Schultens, Michaelis, and the Targum.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. seven days … nights—They did not remain in the same posture and without food, &c., all this time, but for most of this period daily and nightly. Sitting on the earth marked mourning (La 2:10). Seven days was the usual length of it (Ge 50:10; 1Sa 31:13). This silence may have been due to a rising suspicion of evil in Job; but chiefly because it is only ordinary griefs that find vent in language; extraordinary griefs are too great for utterance.

Job 2:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Three Friends
12When they lifted up their eyes at a distance and did not recognize him, they raised their voices and wept. And each of them tore his robe and they threw dust over their heads toward the sky. 13Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.
Cross References
Genesis 50:10
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father.

Job 3:1
After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

Lamentations 2:10
The elders of Daughter Zion sit on the ground in silence; they have sprinkled dust on their heads and put on sackcloth. The young women of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground.

Ezekiel 3:15
I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Aviv near the Kebar River. And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days--deeply distressed.
Treasury of Scripture

So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

they sat.

Ezra 9:3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and …

Nehemiah 1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and …

Isaiah 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall …

Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit …

seven days.

Genesis 1:5,8 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And …

Genesis 50:10 And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, …

none spake.

Job 4:2 If we assay to commune with you, will you be grieved? but who can …

Psalm 77:4 You hold my eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

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