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

  • A disciple
    It's really sad how easily it is for the enemy to get us distracted from the Spirit's speaking to us through the Scriptures, by causing accusations and tempers to fly! Here is such a tremendously important Word of God; and the devil just has to rattle one or two up; and the blessing is gone! Please, Oh PLEASE, Brethren; try to care a little less about your precious feelings, and allow forgiveness!
  • A disciple
    Some say that it was the holy angels; assuming that this was something that was done in heaven. But WE are the children of God especially who are born from above Believers in Jesus, and originally made to be His children. So when we come to present ourselves before the LORD in our worship and prayers and Bible study; this scenario likewise appears: as the devil comes to slander, Jesus intercedes.
  • Deborah Beard
    Who were the sons of God in verse 1 of chapter 2
  • Lilian
    Lets be all alert and keep still and know that Jesus us Lord. He made a promised to us that HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU. WE NEED TO BELIEVE IF GOD IS FOR US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?? GOD HAS GIVEN US WEAPONS TO FIGHT THE DEVIL THEY ARE ALWAYS DEFEATED VICTORY BELONGS TO US JESUS IS FAITHFUL TO HIS PROMISES ONLY PRAISE HIM AND WORSHIP HIM EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FOLLOW
  • Jeanie
    In 2012 I went to the beach 2 years after the bp spill. I got sores all over my body. Being a diabetic my foot got seriously bad. But all through that I never ince blamed God. I knew who to blame. In January 2015 to April 2016 I had 6 major surgeries. It was because of God i got through it all. It reminded me of Job. Faith gets you through it. God is love. Satan is pain.
  • Lu2677
    Irene 123,Surprised?You are surprised at something you yourself wrote"It's very depressing" "in a negative way".These are your words,in addition to your question.You made a judgment and you are unable to accept it.As you said"it is as I intended".
    No confusion,if there is judgment I can determine it's justification.You assume I look for judgement,and my walk is like yours,you assume much.

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