Job 2:8

“And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee tooke him a potsheard to scrape himselfe withall; and hee sate downe among the ashes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself therewith; and he sat among the ashes.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he took a broken bit of a pot, and, seated in the dust, was rubbing himself with the sharp edge of it.
- Basic English Bible

And he took a potsherd to scrape himself with; and he sat among the ashes.
- Darby Bible

And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself with it; and he sat down among the ashes.
- Webster's Bible

He took for himself a potsherd to scrape himself with, and he sat among the ashes.
- World English Bible

And he taketh to him a potsherd to scrape himself with it, and he is sitting in the midst of the ashes.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself therewith; and he sat among the ashes.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Job 2:8


2:8 Scrape - This he did not with soft linen clothes, either because he had not now a sufficient quantity of them; or because therein he must have had the help of others who abhorred to come near him. Nor with his own hands or fingers, which were also ulcerous, and so unfit for that use; but with potsherds, either because they were next at hand, and ready for his present use; or in token of his deep humiliation under God's hand, which made him decline all things that favoured of tenderness and delicacy. Heb. in dust or ashes, as mourners used to do. If God lay him among the ashes, there he will contentedly sit down. A low spirit becomes low circumstances, and will help to reconcile us to them.


Discussion for Job 2

  • Ophelia
    This is a lesson that every follower of Christ must learned to hold on to Gods unchanging hands.Because he promised that he will never leave you nor forsake you in all things.
  • Bryan McCloud
    We have to remain faithful to God despite what we are going through. If Jesus suffered for us, how much more do we have to suffer.
  • Sharonthomas
    Holding on despite life challenges
  • Glenn Baker
    I love the constancy of Job 's three friends how they sat in silence for so long, they did not react as his wife who was very angry, but I understand how she felt. These are real human characters reacting to events. Job 's exceptional character lies in his wonderful ability to come to terms with his lot.
  • Dahlia
    Here we go LOOK TO THE HILLS WHICH COMETH YOUR HELP WHICH COMETH FROM THE LORD KEEP YOUR HEART and MIND stayed on him and Lean not to your own understanding JUST TRUST THAT 'S All WE NEED
  • Dr Allen E Gale for verse 9
    A bumper sticker that I have seen is "Life is a ** ". Those are words of despair. Read the last chapters of the book of Job. God asked Job and God continues to ask us. "Were you there when I created the Heavens? Were you there when I created the wonders of the deep? Were you there when I created the glorious colours of sunrise and rainbow? " My Mum taught me "Two men looked through the prison bars. One saw the mud, the other the stars. " Yep. Look up. Look around at all that is wonderful. That healed Job and it will heal you and me.

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