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

  • Dr Omenazu Jackson
    Job faithfulness is splendid and he received his blessing for that .
  • Anthony
    Job to me remains a star. A lot of lessons can be derived from his rough experience; personal LOVE for God,patience and individual judgment etc
  • Makayla
    Awesome!! Let the LORD God above bless you!!!!
  • Shawn Thompson
    Father God bless me with the I've asked you in my prayers I believe I'm ready conceive, achieve the victory of your blessings
  • Talitha
    God is almighty. Job, shows us how strong God is and how when that one person can overcome all things that we can noy imagine ourselves enduring, we begin to realise this can only come from the strength and love Christ stores in us. I respect Job and wishes to seek the God he trusted in during his times of pain and suffering.
  • Stephen Woehr
    It is comforting to know that God is in complete control. He does not send affliction our way, but He allows others to do so. Even in that seemingly unloving and uncontrolled avenue, no affliction can hit us which God does not allow. He will not allow any affliction more than what we will be able to bear -- with His help (I Corinthians 10:13).

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