Job 2:1
2:1 Again there was a day when the {a} sons of God came to
    present themselves before the LORD, and {b} Satan came also
    among them to present himself before the LORD.

    (a) That is, the angels, Job 1:6.
    (b) Read Job 1:6.

Job 2:3
2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my
    servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a
    perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and
    escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, {c}
    although thou movedst me against {d} him, to destroy him
    without cause.

    (c) He proves Job's integrity by this that he ceased not to
        fear God when his plagues were grievously upon him.
    (d) That is, when you had nothing against him, or when you
        were not able to bring your purpose to pass.

Job 2:4
2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, {e} Skin for skin,
    yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

    (e) By this he means that a man's own skin is dearer to him
        than another man's.

Job 2:5
2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his {f} bone and his
    flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

    (f) Meaning, his own person.

Job 2:6
2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he [is] in thine hand;
    but save {g} his life.

    (g) Thus Satan can go no further in punishing than God has
        limited him.

Job 2:7
2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote
    Job with sore {h} boils from the sole of his foot unto his

    (h) This sore was most vehement, with which God also plagued
        the Egyptians, Ex 9:9 and threatened to punish
        rebellious people, De 28:27 so that this
        temptation was most grievous: for if Job had measured
        God's favour by the vehemency of his disease, he might
        have thought that God had cast him off.

Job 2:8
2:8 And he took him a {i} potsherd to scrape himself withal; and
    he sat down among the ashes.

    (i) As destitute of all other help and means and wonderfully
        afflicted with the sorrow of his disease.

Job 2:9
2:9 Then said his {k} wife unto him, Dost thou {l} still retain
    thine integrity? {m} curse God, and die.

    (k) Satan uses the same instrument against Job, as he did
        against Adam.
    (l) Meaning, what do you gain from serving God, seeing he
        thus plagues you, as though he were your enemy? This is
        the most grievous temptation for the faithful, when
        their faith is assailed, and when Satan goes about to
        persuade them that they trust in God in vain.
    (m) For death was appointed to the blasphemer and so she
        meant that he would quickly be rid of his pain.

Job 2:10
2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish
     women speaketh.  What? shall we receive good at the hand of
     God, and shall we not {n} receive evil? In all this did not
     Job sin with his {o} lips.

     (n) That is, to be patient in adversity as we rejoice when
         he sends prosperity, and so to acknowledge him to be
         both merciful and just.
     (o) He so bridled his desires that his tongue through
         impatience did not murmur against God.

Job 2:11
2:11 Now when Job's three {p} friends heard of all this evil
     that was come upon him, they came every one from his own
     place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and
     Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment
     together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

     (p) Who were men of authority, wise and learned, and as the
         Septuagint writes, kings, and came to comfort him, but
         when they saw how he was visited, they conceived an
         evil opinion of him, as though he was a hypocrite and
         so justly plagued by God for his sins.

Job 2:12
2:12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him
     not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent
     every one his mantle, and sprinkled {q} dust upon their
     heads toward heaven.

     (q) This was also a ceremony which they used in those
         countries as the renting of their clothes in sign of
         sorrow etc.

Job 2:13
2:13 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 {r} great.

     (r) And therefore thought that he would not have listened
         to their counsel.