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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.

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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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45 thoughts on “How Long Did Job Suffer

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

    1. 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.

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

    2. 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.

      1. So true.that is the times that we have to hold on, pray and trust God only.

    3. About whether Job would have succumbed, should his suffering have lasted years rather than months. The thing is that God is not wicked. It is not his will that his people suffer, especially if there is no greater good coming out of the suffering. God tells us in His Word in 1Corth 10:13 that “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.” If God allows it to come your way, it is because He knows you have what it takes to overcome and shame the devil. And he know how long you can take it. God is a good God.

      1. then why do people do it? why do they commit suicide??? And if its not his will for his people to suffer then why does it happen? I know a good godly christian woman who has had nothing BUT suffering her entire life, 40+ years of it. Getting old.

        1. Rhonda I noticed no one had addressed you since you responded. The thing that we have to understand about God and the spirit is that he does not see things the way we see things. What I mean by this is we really have to take a hard look as what we define as suffering. What does suffering mean. Example, to a millionaire, suffering is losing half his worth. But to a middle class person if they had half of what the millionaire had they would be considered blessed. To someone with the use of all their limbs, being told they can never walk again is suffering however to the person thats been in a wheel chair their whole life, it is just that. Its life. Magic Johnson has had aids for decades. Is that a lifelong suffering or is he a walking testimony. It depends on how YOUR flesh looks at it. Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder blind for life. Lifelong suffering or a testimony that God can use anyone. Sometimes our flesh can get in the way of rational Godly thinking and he gives grace for that.

  2. Good question Muchiri. Good answer Margaret. This helps.

  3. 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.

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

    1. I’ve been suffering for more than 21 yrs

    2. Evans: hahaha. I guess so- depending on the purpose it serves.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

    1. I disagree it wasnt for life time coz God remembered Job and gave to him what he wanted or needed.

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  10. I thnk we serve a wonderful who knows the end, so i thnk Job was going to pass any test that God was going to allow satan to try satan for God instructed satan on what to do. So whatever period He suffered God was still control

  11. No one can confidently say how long Job suffered because a thousand years to man is like one day in the sight of God. The lessons of patience and perseverance in the story of Job should be enough to occupy the human mind.

    1. Word of wisdom

  12. so shall we conclude by saying no one realli knws how long he suffered before and after and onli we are sure is 7 days n nights.

  13. I too have asked that question how long did Job suffer I have read this book many times & have just finished reading it again today I now think it’s just as well we don’t know for we would want our suffering time to end the same length of time as his. I always write notes & date them when I read the Bible & 1 of the question I wrote before was was the memory of his suffering all forgotten? Or did he ever think in the back of his mind it might all happen again? Also I think Job’s so called friends were worse than his suffering their words to him were horrible. Maybe the 7 bulls & 7 rams could be 7 months for 7 months is a long time 7 years even longer God would not give him or us more than we can bear. I believe every 1 goes through a Job time saved or unsaved at least once in their lifetime I don’t know how the non Christian copes without God but He rains down His goodness on the just & the unjust.

  14. Thanks lot! It was great to know.

  15. I asked this question cause am in unceasing pain believing God that it’s almost over but it seems I don’t seem to see the end of the tunnel I need to encourage myself in the Lord I also need to be sure that it’s a situation that God allowed not an affliction of the enemy to hinder Destiny that’s why I asked Joe long was job’s affliction. thank you

  16. i believe Job was tested ACCORDING to the measure of FAITH/TRUST GIVEN TO Job IN GOD the Father , God the SON {JESUS} and GOD the Holy Spirit, Genesis, Let US make man in our image because Satan had to ask for permission to test Job, and GOD said Job will pass the test..and Job did. also in the new testament of the gospel of the good news of Jesus the Christ…. faith is a GIFT OF GOD, we are saved by Grace through Faith and that is a gift of God so that no man should boast. also to each man is given a measure of faith it is a spiritual Gift of the Lord, through the power of the Holy Spirit as Jesus ascended into heaven and is sitting at the right hand of the Father until His return. yu can look up gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT. faith is also the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen,,so we get the saying the PATIENCE OF jOB, LOVE IS THE MOST DESIRED GIFT OF ALL JOHN, 3 16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN, THAT HE WHO BEIVES IN HIM BY fAITH SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE Job could not have endured his testing without faith, love hope patience trust we are tried and tested, according to our faith, i believe, even when we have sinned.. but Jesus paid our penalty of sin for us on the cross. yes, Job wanted to die, and satan was there to try and test him ,, but suicide is not an option, it is demonic….spiritual, ephesians, chapt 6- verse 12 explains our battle is not of flash and n blood but a mspiritual mbattle,, God veres Satan.. back to satan having to ask God, to test /temp Job.[

  17. My husband has been in a coma brain dead and paralyse for 6 years, going 7 years going to 2016, we lost everything our home with my 3 kids and everything and living with my parents. Praying daily and spiritual grounded. How long do I stand

    1. Please, my sister, kindly accept my empathy. Regarding how long you will wait, no man can tell you how long. But you must make sure you are not disconected from the ONE who will visit your sotuation one day and give you the victory at last. Please remmber this “IN GOD’S WAITING ROOM, THERE IS NO WAITING IN VAIN”. May God’s grace be sufficient for you and your husband and soonest you will sing a victorious song. Amen!

    2. Hello petunia, in response to your question, remember when the children of Israel was in captivity for four hundred and thirty years; the Bible said they cried out unto God and sent them a prophet who delivered them from their afflictions. Now if you can take my counsel, look for a prophet anointed by God and you will solution. I recommend you prophet T.B Joshua. But you do I will encourage you to watch some of his programmes on YouTube and channel 390. This could be the answer you have been looking for. God bless.

      1. Dont look to prophet td joshua but to Christ who died for u.blessed is aman who trust in the Lord..he is like a tree planted by river side!

  18. I know that Job did not suffer forever.God has given us times and seasons-Ecc3:1to
    14. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that God will not suffer us to be tempted above our ability. The lesson there is that God is a rewarder of those who trust in Him. He rewarded Job. Job 42:12 to 17, James 5 : 10&11.

  19. Reading all comments has been very helpful, praying for my children who was bought up in the church bit seem to think God is not the God they were bought up to believe in because of their constant trials and suffering, lo ok king thru scriptures believing God will allow his words to be planted as a seed in their spirit. A little help please.

  20. There are times we go through situation we just don’t understand why and what’s the cause of it just as I went to bed woke up one hour later with a complete different spirit for eight months now I’ve praying fasting seeking help but still going through. One thing I do know God time is not ours it may seems unbearable but what can we do what can we say. If we are wise don’t give up prove yourself to be faithful even in these temptation God will make a way.

  21. Well I have been in constant suffering in my body for over twenty years I have believed what keeps me going is my faith in Jesus sometimes I’m extremely overwhelmed with people actions towards me now I’m in a lions den and I really want to come out I’ve been attacked in my heart all I needs is people’s prayers and God’s mercy cos I’m not a sinner my daughters life is in danger my husband not a believer who often abandon us

  22. I also wonder how long does suffering last. My wife has been suffering with chronic pain and other medical issues for over ten years. The conditions have caused her to have major mood swings and harsh depression. I have been praying and trying to encouraging her through it all but sometimes she doesn’t want to hear it. Sometimes I wonder if and when this will pass and when she will be healed. It’s a big strain on my heart and mind. I just wonder.

    1. I am sorry to learn of your wife’s suffering. Chronic illnesses are very difficult for the person and those who love them. And I have no good answers.

      1. Thank you for the possitive comments and response… It has blessed me.. Great forum let’s keep it up…

  23. Daniel was thrown in the lions den Shedrack, Mishack and Abendigo was thrown in the firery furnace overnight these four mighty men of GOD the result was suppose to be instant death. It always seems easy out and difficult to be in. Our attitude determine our altitude Peter was thrown into prison but sing a song. I’m in sympathy for our situation but while we looking for a miracle we need to understand what we are even going through is also a miracle. There is know situation worse than hell when a person lift up his eyes there. Our trials might seems great but theres a greater blessing after this. this life aint a permanent one anyway the best is yet to come. God is protecting us probably from eternal domination. JOB situation is Job situation GOD HAS SOMETHING UNIQUE FOR YOU IN SECRET

  24. Suffering is hard stuff. I’ve been struggling for the best part of 8 years. Frankly turning my back on God is a no no. But other than my crawling in faith in Him. Its has led me to being fearful I seem to expect another jab for every new thing I try, at this point I remember verses like the Proverb 17:22 and the parable of a good father not giving a snake for a fish and it leaves me very perplexed. I start to wonder what posture God is looking at me with or is my understanding of God wrong. But still I make the prayer and read the bible because it would be so dark without them. After all He is God and you could suffer all the days here and all He is is interested in is that you seek Him I could be wrong but honestly speaking at this moment its all I see.

  25. Periodic suffering is an integral challenge of life. However some suffering are product of ignorance on our part, some are self-inflicted and some come upon us due to violation of natural and divine laws. But I have learnt to pray to God to show me the root cause of my affliction and he has been merciful to reveal them and in most instances, the solution, has not been what I expected. I recently relocated to England from Africa but during my first winter I developed severe itching which does not respond to all the medications that I was given. I prayed all manners of prayers but there was no respite. I dread the night because it is most severe and couldn’t sleep. Out of my frustration I prayed to God to show me the root cause and the Lord opened my eyes to see that the WINTER MOULD growing on the wall is some part of the hous4 was the culprit. Immediately I painted the walls that was the end of my affliction. Praise God.

  26. Reading through these comments has been extremely helpful to me. I have been going through a financial crisis for 7 months. None of it makes sense to me and I have had points of it being so dark and me having to spend days just reading scriptures on encouragement. I have totally surrendered and I am looking forward to the victory because God has no respect of a person so I will receive a double return in the name of Jesus. God bless.

  27. I just finished rereading the book of Job. His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” I don’t ever hear anyone mention that his wife lost and suffered just as much as Job did. I get the feeling she was very angry with God. Can we assume Job only had one wife? This means she had already had ten children and later ten more.

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