Job 2:13
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.

Berean Study Bible
Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights, but no one spoke a word to him because they saw how intense his suffering was.

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.

New King James Version
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.

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.

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 1977
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they dwelt with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and there was none that said a word, because they saw that his plague was very severe with him

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and they sat down beside him seven days and seven nights, and no one of them spoke; for they saw that his affliction was dreadful and very great.

Contemporary English Version
For seven days and nights, they sat silently on the ground beside him, because they realized what terrible pain he was in.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
Then they sat there on the ground with him for seven days and nights without saying a word, because they saw how much he was suffering.

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.

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

Literal Standard Version
And they sit with him on the earth seven days and seven nights, and there is none speaking to him a word when they have seen that the pain has been very great.

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.

New Heart 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 pain 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Three Friends
12When they lifted up their eyes from afar, they could barely recognize Job. They began to weep aloud, and each man tore his robe and threw dust in the air over his head. 13Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights, but no one spoke a word to him because they saw how intense his suffering was.

Cross References
Genesis 50:10
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, which is across the Jordan, they lamented and wailed loudly, and Joseph mourned for his father seven days.

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

Lamentations 2:10
The elders of the Daughter of Zion sit on the ground in silence. They have thrown 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 at Tel-abib who dwelt by the River Kebar. And for seven days I sat where they sat and remained there among them, overwhelmed.


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 plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.

Nehemiah 1:4
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Isaiah 3:26
And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.

seven days.

Genesis 1:5,8
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day…

Genesis 50:10
And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days.

none spake.

Job 4:2
If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

Psalm 77:4
Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.









(13) So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days.--Compare the conduct of David (2Samuel 12:16), and see also Genesis 1:10; 1Samuel 31:13; Ezekiel 3:15. There is a colossal grandeur about this description which is in keeping with the majesty and hoary antiquity of the poem.

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.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then they sat
וַיֵּשְׁב֤וּ (way·yê·šə·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

on the ground
לָאָ֔רֶץ (lā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

with him
אִתּוֹ֙ (’it·tōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

for seven
שִׁבְעַ֥ת (šiḇ·‘aṯ)
Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

days
יָמִ֖ים (yā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3117: A day

and seven
וְשִׁבְעַ֣ת (wə·šiḇ·‘aṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

nights,
לֵיל֑וֹת (lê·lō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3915: A twist, night, adversity

but no
וְאֵין־ (wə·’ên-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

one spoke
דֹּבֵ֤ר (dō·ḇêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

a word
דָּבָ֔ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

to
אֵלָיו֙ (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

him because
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they saw
רָא֔וּ (rā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7200: To see

how intense
מְאֹֽד׃ (mə·’ōḏ)
Adverb
Strong's 3966: Vehemence, vehemently, wholly, speedily

his suffering
הַכְּאֵ֖ב (hak·kə·’êḇ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3511: Suffering, adversity

had become.
גָדַ֥ל (ḡā·ḏal)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1431: To grow up, become great


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