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How Long Did Job Suffer

The Bible doesn’t say exactly how long Job suffered.

Job 7:3 says, “So I have been allotted months of futility, and wearisome nights have been appointed to me.” and Job 29:2says, “Oh, that I were as in months past, as in the days when God watched over me.” Also Job 30:16 and Job 30:27 talks of the days of his affliction.

According to Job 2:13  his friends sat with him 7 days and 7 nights without speaking, but we don’t know how long he suffered before they came or how long after they left.
He doesn’t mention years, only days and months when he speaks of his afflictions so probably less than a year and more than a couple of months.

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  • Muchiri February 14, 2012, 9:37 pm

    What if Job’s suffering had a span of years rather than months. Would he have succumbed?

    • margaret March 1, 2012, 4:34 pm

      That’s a good question. I don’t know but I’m guessing not. Paul learned to live with his “thorn in the side” by accepting that God was not going to heal him but he could use it to develop patience. And to learn how to glory in trials. Perhaps Job would have done the same.

      • Pat January 17, 2014, 2:41 am

        ” … a thorn in the flesh…”. 2 Corinthians 12:7(not “side”)

    • Shazznem February 13, 2014, 12:49 pm

      Most sufferings create degradation that eventually ARE “a span of years” once your life flow has been altered. Any suffering will deplete your resources physically. Spiritual suffering takes your dignity as well and to the point people contemplate self destruction. Be careful to ensure you protect your spiritual self while undergoing your trial and pray against the Spirit of suicide taking control.

  • parker October 21, 2012, 12:59 am

    Good question Muchiri. Good answer Margaret. This helps.

  • ms fee April 17, 2013, 5:02 am

    I was listening to Joel Osteen and he mention that Job suffering was for nine months. Don’t know how he came up with that, but ok.

  • Evans August 2, 2013, 3:28 am

    for how long should a normal suffering last, it seams some sufferings are more sturbon

  • Norbert Umez September 12, 2013, 3:37 am

    although, there are stubborn problems, you must be sensitive enough to know and understand what the purpose of that suffering is. Understand that there was a case filed against Job by Satan. That Job was only serving God because of money and health. So God needed to prove Satan wrong. How long a problem lasts is not relevant; what is relevant is what it makes out of you. Always remember: Isaacs, Samuels, John the Baptist, and Job’s double portion doesn’t come anyhow.

  • Norbert Umez September 12, 2013, 3:43 am

    you must be tested before you can be trusted. After many years of Abraham’s service to God; God never trusted Abraham until when God tested him with Isaac and he passed. God said to him: Now I Know that You fear and love me. He was tested likewise Job needed to be. But, also mark that not all suffering comes from God. You must be able to identify when affliction is coming against God’s will for your life and rebuke it without hesitation.

  • manea mihai dumitru December 8, 2013, 7:11 pm

    i know that but my question was how manny years he suffered job and how longer past before jehovah blest him.

  • Mike February 23, 2014, 5:56 pm

    Job lost his children. That suffering would have been with him for life.