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

  • Irene123
    I need to correct a statement I made to someone on here - about how long Job was in this situation. I told them to go to Job 2:13, that Job' friends sat with him for a week without speaking. I didn't notice the "without speaking". I assumed the whole episode lasted just a week. One has to be very careful in reading God's word.
  • Irene123
    To Stephen Woehr - very well said. I am just now recovering from influenza/pneumonia and bladder infection as of Dec. 13. I was in hosp. for 7 days. I knew the Lord knew all about it before it even happened; that He was in CONTROL. My husband is a wonderful man, do anything for anyone; just has no use for God ( self-made, etc.). I asked the Lord to do whatever; this was His answer.
  • 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

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