Job’s wife looked at him and watched him in his utter misery, and she said, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.” (2:9)
Job’s Gentle Rebuke
“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 receive evil?” (2:10)
Job knew that his wife was suffering. She had gone through great sorrow and loss. Now she must watch her husband suffer and have the care of him as well as all the other extra duties that had been laid upon her. He did not say, “How horrible! You should never say a foolish thing like that!” Rather, he said, “Thou speakest as one of the foolish women.” Apparently, it was not her typical character to complain and blame God. She was allowing herself to focus on the problems and had become quite discouraged. Her attitude affected her speech, and she spoke very discouraging words to Job.
Job tried to turn his wife’s focus back to God. It was as if he were saying, “Don’t you remember all the good things we had? They were gifts from God. God is above all. He is sovereign. Sometimes He gives us good and wonderful things. Sometimes He allows us to experience great hardships.” Though his wife discouraged him, Job maintained his testimony, for “In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (2:10b)
There is no record that Job’s wife repented of her attitudes and words, but there is evidence that she did. There is no mention of her speaking discouraging words to Job again, though it was a while before their close relationship was restored. (19:17) Throughout Job’s illness, she prepared food for him. Perhaps he did not feel like eating, but she must have encouraged him to eat because he called the food his “necessary food.” (23:12) Also, Job’s wife put up with a very long visit from Job’s “friends.” No doubt it fell upon her to feed them as well. Nothing is said about them returning any thanks for her hospitality. At the end of all these trials, when God again showered His blessings upon Job, she was partaker of these good things with him. Also, God blessed her with health and strength to bear ten more children. What a joy she must have felt, as each one was a comfort for another she had lost before! How she must have treasured those children!