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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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237 thoughts on “How Long Did Job Suffer

  1. It says that he died after another 140 years, having seen four generations of children. 42:16-17. Job 15:10 has Eliphaz saying that even the ‘gray haired & aged are on our side, men even older than your father’. If a generation is about 65 years, my guess working backwards would mean he was about 45 as middle eastern families started quite early.

  2. I am basically completely devastated by my suffering, and because of the person causing it. I have lost my son, my car,my house and several relatives who loved me because of this person who happens to be my mother. She is a satanic witch who is hell bent on killing me and has even mentioned it. I have prayed to the point of complete and utter despair with no answer from God except to give me visions of the future, which depict me as being poor. Through her witchcraft and regular sacrifices she has managed to destroy any opportunities for work or networking with people who can help me. She loves my stepbrother and has ensured his success through her evil to enrich him and ruin my life simultaneously. I have prayed and fasted to no avail. I am currently on a 40 day fast that might work, I don’t know and it is not a lack of faith but if wants me to be poor for the rest of my life, dies he really love me? I am battling with suicide every single day and don’t know who or where to turn to. I can’t raise my kids right because I am always broke. It hurts like hell and I don’t know what to do.

    1. Michael, have you sought for help, advice from a local church and pastor? Some of the churches may even have counselors available to work with you.

    2. In agreement with the “Admin,” you need to get to a seasoned believer on this. Fasting is necessary, but remember, our fasts and scriptures are not to be mistaken as tools to be used as rituals and incantations as they are in paganism; meaning fasting is not a ritual activity nor is scripture an incantation book that if we repeat scriptures or do activities–it (in itself) will accomplish our desires/requests. It is the Sovereignty of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit via the angels–who war on our behalf bringing down spiritual wickedness, principalities, and powers–in JESUS’ Name that will accomplish His will of relief and victory for you.
      You need a word of Knowledge and a standard (of Praise also) lifted against these demonic spirits to shut it down. Get to someone SOUND and ANOINTED immediately. I pray that by the Blood of Christ that you would be relieved of this attack–in Jesus’ Name. I pray that whatever door is open in your life that is giving these spirits access to you and accomplishment through your mother’s curses would be closed and sealed from you. I pray that whatever opening the enemy had to you will be revealed via a word of knowledge for you via a seasoned believer. In Jesus’ Name. I rebuke the spirit of suicide from your mind–it may not have you in Jesus’ Name. I pray for your surrender to the Holy Spirit so that He may do His work in the Name of Jesus. The Lord needs to be able to break your original foundation. Your mother is a part of that foundation because she is/was your spiritual authority over you as a child. Because her seed planting in your life is/was anti-Christ seed, the garden of your life needs to be turned over and her work needs to be broken off of you. She needs to have no power in your life. Whatever seeds she sowed and took root needs to be uprooted and new seed sown. Her access to you is via her place as a parent (covering/authority). Therefore, we pray that her spiritual parental right be removed from you. Having given your life to Christ, we destroy any and all demonic influences from her that she is claiming in your life in order to effect her demonic orders in your life. Father, remove all influence from his life. Reveal to him every area of an altar built to any demonic spirits that either of his parents has connected to him and destroy them by the blood of the Lamb. In Jesus’ Name. Every curse and incantation, void them. I speak your deliverance and blessing by the blood and the Resurrection in your life. Father, You are now Michael’s Mother AND Father, remove his mother’s rights and cover him in Your covenant relationship. I also pray that through Michael, You would start a new generational promise and pass the generational blessings from him to his children. I rebuke and void any legality that Satan has to Michael’s children. May he not be able to exercise any of them. Give Michael the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of renewing his covenant relationship with You in Christ so that it will pass on to the next generation in Victory thus crushing the old generational curses of Satanism and defeat. Come LORD! In Jesus’ Name in this man’s life and establish the Victory of Your covenant in His life from this day on. Leave the inheritance of Your testimony of victory on his life to his children. May they see the change in their father’s life and know that You are real, receive You, and walk in You–serving You with all of their heart, mind, and soul. Ignite the inheritance of the priesthood of Christ in them. Through this experience, give Michael and his children the ministry of spiritual warfare that they may help others who will have endured what You are delivering him/them from. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

      Feed the sheep. Tend the sheep. Defend the faith. In Christ. Amen.

      1. Amen.

    3. My wife left me in 2014, my son died at 16 yrs old this year.
      I fell like shit I don’t know what to do. I’m disabled, my back is gone I’m 51 yrs.old.
      My mom died before my son and IM A MOMMAS BOY.
      I quit smoking crack cause it was my fault my wife left me.
      I’m just venting, I don’t even know what I’m doing now on my phone cause this internet stuff is all new to me, I know nothing about blocking my personal stuff or anything about me to the public, I got nothing to hide cause I’m telling the truth, I’m in morning and I don’t care anymore.
      I’m poor I need GOD TO PROVE ME WORTHY.
      I’m barely making it and I need a blessing, idont even know how to respond to anyone who wants to help me in any way.
      I’m just gonna wait on God. And if anyone is reading this I’m telling the truth and I’m not blaming anyone but me, cause I must have done something wrong, I can barely walk.
      If God is Reading this plz help me, cause it will be only God if I get some help, because I’m not not happy with myself and I’m just venting. The ONLY reason I ain’t killed myself is because I wonna see my mom and son in heaven. God plz help me.
      I got a girl friend and I know she might leave me soon, but she said she’s with me but I don’t wonna hold her back cause she’s a beautiful white woman and I’m a ugly bent over black man who has nothing. God plz help me .
      I got a place to stay but it’s 750 monthly and all I get is 1000 monthly. I’m just good for nothing but I’m still trying. I got a grown daughter and I love her and all I want is for her to not think bad of me.
      I just hope God hear me this last time.all I really want is to be happy take care or the people I love.
      I will give up all I have just to be happy, and that’s a1000 a month cause that’s all I’m living on per month and I got a car for now and it’s barely making it.
      I don’t got nothing to hide from NOBODY and I don’t know why I’m even texting now telling the whole world.
      I Guess this is my final cry to find out if God is Real.
      AND IF YOU ARE REALLY GOD PLEASE FIND AND COMFORT ME.
      If I was a scam I would be asking for something but I’m not, just please tell God I’m here and I Refuse to CURSE HIM AND DIE. plz help me help myself. THIS IS MY LAST CRY GOD AND I LOVE YOU. AND I SORRY FOR ALL MY SINS.

    4. Hi Michael, sorry to hear about your tribulations. There is a remedy though, get deliverance done in order to release you from the hold of witchcraft.

      Get a priest who will do deliverance and probably exorcism to break all the evil altars your mother has erected around your life.

      Start going for Holy Mass, get your house blessed, even your resume, get holy water poured into your house. Attend Mass every day, go for adoration, start praying the Rosary.

      I can guarantee you that the evil altars will bring loose in your life and things will turn around.

    5. Hey man hang in there I’m going through something much similar with facing a lengthy prison sentence keep the faith don’t doubt

    6. She your mother only has that power over you if you give it to her by believing that she can do such things. God on the other hand has all of powerful and does not need permission from anyone to display his power.Believing God is where the real power is . Turning your focus to God will take away all the power that you believe your mother has. And it would also turn your situation around

    7. Read Gods word and only depend on it for answers. No preachers not tv no social media, strictly cling to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth so you can speak truth into every conversation and circumstance and act accordingly to what God instructs your to do in His Word.

    8. How Long Did Job Suffer

    9. Dear Michael,

      Let me help you Michael as a servant of God!
      Repent and do a confession with a priest, forgive your mother in this repentance this is very important.
      You are actually blessed Michael, so don’t think on idols such as house and cars etc. God will provide for you, don’t let material things rule you this is satan’s trap.
      Job in the bible has nothing on me Michael mine has been for the whole of my life and continues, so take heart and fight it with the armour of God. Just have faith and continue in love.
      Also pray for your mother to be delivered of satan and God will do the rest.
      I will pray for you Michael God Bless you & keep you always.
      Jacqueline

    10. Michael, I understand it is difficult to find your self in this situation. However, if you are born again, you are now a member of God’s family and every Satanic power is defeated. It is time to take back your authority from Satan. It doesn’t matter who your mother worships, the name of Jesus is greater and the blood of Christ has paid for your freedom. In Christ you are a conqueror and victor not a victim. The answer is not in fasting but knowing what Jesus died to obtain for you. Exercise the authority in Christ and you will see victory. Please read Ephesians 6.

  3. The more important question should be – Why did Job suffer? It was because God has been accused of lying (Gen 3) and because Satan accused God of bribing Job. Satan boasted of walking up and down on the earth (indicating possession of the earth) but God points to His servant Job as an example that Satan does not have total command of the earth. The friends of Job had a very simplistic theology about why suffering comes to us (be good you are blessed – if you are being blessed, you must be good) and if you are not blessed, you must be a terrible sinner. Life is much more complicated than that!

    Look to the cross for the answer. Did God kill His son? No, he gave Him up to the natural consequences of becoming sin – Death! But having never sinned Himself, His father called Him from the tomb. The cross and the tomb are necessary for our salvation!

  4. Shalom Aleichem, I greet you all in the precious and matchless name of Yahshua Ha Mashiach the Savior and soon coming King. Trials come to make us strong! Note, Job was firmer in his latter years than in his former years. For Yahweh Barach the latter years of Job more than his beginning! As it is written: only those that endures to the end shall be saved. What is endurance? the ability to accept and bear an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way/up.

    Only when you endure to the end you can be saved! As it is written: Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which Yahweh has prepared for those who love Him. Yahweh says ” if you love me keep my commandments”

    It makes no sense for one to toil and bear such pain and hardship only to loose out in the end, as I read and listened to the hearts of those who shared and cried out I was lead to share the Truth with you as only the truth can set you free! The only name of the Creator of heaven and earth is Yahweh Elohiym and the only Saviour and Shar is Yahshua Ha Mashiach this is the ONLY name that brings Salvation! Repent and be immersed everyone of you in the NAME of YAHSHUA HA MASHIACH for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of Ruach Ha Qodesh. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as Yahweh our Elohiym will call.”

    May you all have a Baruch Yom! May the Shalom of Yahweh be upon all those who love him and seek to do his will!

  5. Unbelievable….105 Comments and NOBODY answered the question.
    From the day that G-d took everything from Job until he gave him back everything
    HOW LONG….simple straight question

    1. 9 months, 8 days, 16 hours and 37 seconds. give or take. the reason people are asking, is because they want to know how long their own trial is going to last…assuming its a trial. my advice, to all who are suffering; 1. stop waiting for it to end – get on with the business of life. the business of life may or may not have a solution to your dilemma. Feed your kid, comb your hair, develop outside interests, if you’re hungry, make a sandwich. In short, do the next obvious thing. If the floor needs sweeping, sweep the floor. Stop looking for miracles. They could come, maybe they won’t. It doesn’t matter. Get on with it. Stop wishing. 2. Stop second guessing God. If you could wrap your head around everything divine, you’d be Jesus. There’s a reason heaven is full of wonder for all eternity. You will never get to the end of his wisdom, authority or understanding. God is God. Almighty. Everlasting. Eternal. Clothed in light. Shrouded in darkness. All that has been, and ever will be. You will never come to the end of his unfolding revelation, at least not here. Pray, read, study, receive, do good, be humble.
      Give thanks.
      3. Join a group. Get support. Get grief counseling. Anger management. AA. Whatever it takes. But do not go it alone. Develop a routine. As hard as that feels sometimes. Keep a schedule. Stick to it as well as you can. Take time out for entertainment, your favorite snack. Watch a movie that you have enjoyed before. Write a letter of encouragement to someone else. Spend time with friends.
      4. Remember the basics. The cross. the death. the burial. the resurrection. the accession, the promise of forgiveness. the hope of eternal life. This is the essence of the gospel. Choose to believe it. When all else fails, and your understanding falters, it will be your rock that will bring you back to peace. Write it down. Remind yourself. Do it one day at a time. One day, one step. One project. One thing well.
      5. As much as lays within you, be at peace with others. Forgive, pray, rejoice, give thanks.

      And you will make it. Yes, you surely will. A crown is laid up for you in heaven.

  6. Insightful

  7. I have suffered the loss of my whole family through estrangement and alienation for over 30 years. I have cried out to God all this time but nothing has changed. 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren plus the in law children. My whole famil6 of origin is estranged from me and from one another. I have done everything possible to try to be a peacemaker to no avail. God remains as silent as a tomb to this very day. My soul is wrecked. Why?

  8. job did sin after d scripture recorded it and he repent of his sins

    1. If we forgive our offenders God will also forgive us, remember God is love, he is surrounded with the truth and the truth will set us free, just forgive and be blameless walk in light and God will not depart from you or neither keep silent from you!

  9. I know that Job did sin. We are all sinners. I don’t believe that was the reason he was cast into suffering. I don’t believe he was made to suffer because of his particular sins as his friends judged. God was testing Job’s faith and belief. There was so much purpose to Job’s suffering. Consider – was Job punished so harshly compared to others who were guilty of much worse? Job was questioning the fairness of God. He wanted a fair trial but alas, God is all powerful and in control. He is judge and jurer.
    I think the story reflects our own harsh judgments of people who are suffering, losing their way, disadvantaged, living low, enduring hardship and bad luck, sickness, exile, etc. Sometimes we look at those people and make general assumptions that they made the wrong choices, or brought all their bad luck on themselves. We do this, primarily to differentiate ourselves from them. We don’t want to believe that at any moment, our own lives could be turned upside down and we could lose everything in a moment. It can happen to any one of us at any time. Our success, health and well-being is always in the hands of God. Don’t ever take credit for your own achievements and prosperity. It all comes from God. Amen

  10. It is called spiritual poison which removes you from the grace of God. I am getting better since I was poison 5 years ago by a Princess. We should not eat anything or take gifts from our enemies as the spiritual poisons can be embedded in food and gift. Pray before you eat food and pray against any monitoring spirit when you accept gifts. Iyk

  11. Discussing this very topic on the theology forum it was surely some weeks at least.

  12. I have tried 3 times to die, overdoses that should have killed me, but I just keep waking up. I have a gun and realize that this is the way I need to go. For 7 years, I have suffered crippling pain. A friend is letting me live in a room rent free but I can not continue to impose. I was hospitalized 3 times between thanksgiving and christmas with various infections. I want it all to end. My prayers have never been answered whether to ask for release of this pain or even to thank Him for making me suffer. I have no money, I can not work as I can’t sit for longer than 20 minutes and spend most of my day in bed. I have made a bottle of shampoo last for 3 years as I have a difficult time even getting enough energy to shower. I managed to take one today as it had been 5 weeks since I had enough strength to stand long enough.
    God has turned his back to me and I don’t know what I have done wrong. I have read Job many times and wish my life had been so easy.

    1. Sheri, first, congratulations on doing the shower thing. That shows you still have hope, or you would not do it. This is not a small thing. It is huge. It shows you have strength, and a will to fight. There will be no easy answers, but there is a better way. If you read this, send me a message : boone@teachers.org We can talk some more. (Hope I’m not stepping over the line here. But it sounds like you need some real help…God Bless..will be looking for your email.). Take care. In the meantime, do what you can to make yourself comfortable.

    2. Sheri, you need help. Contact me: kaifaquboone@gmail.com

  13. Moses and Jesus was tested for 40 days, it is my belief, that is also is the number of days Job was tested.

  14. Jobs sickness/disease (being covered with boils from head to toe so much so that his friends didnt recognize him) lasted for the time span that was right. His situation as a type of “Jesus” brought Glory to God.
    Job stumbled at the point of 33;27 ‘Yet i did not get what i deserved’ stating God gave him what he did not deserve , stating God had done him wrong.
    Job did not usher these things through a door of fear, as he was a perfect man until his falter.
    Reguarding Pauls situation of a thorn in his flesh, all ideas are heresay…. the thorn in his flesh could have been a woman that would not leave him alone, the physical affliction caused by a hard working life, or the physical damage by persecutions as suffered by the blacksmith.

  15. Job’s suffering began when he was 70 years old. (70×2=140 added to his life). He represents “remnant Israel in Great Tribulation (Daniels 70th week aka Time of Jacob’s Trouble. Job’s Great Persecution lasted 42 months or 1260 days. Job’s name means “one persecuted. Job has 42 chapters the same number of months Jesus described as “great tribulations

  16. So, Our hero, Job suffered less than a year? (or so)

    And, I almost forgot, Jesushimself suffered on the cross what? maybe six hours. …after which, he knew that he would be raised again and start a religion that makes billions, if not trillions of dollars every year, caused horrible wars and responsible for the torture and deaths of millions. Looks like god and old Beelzebub are up to their old tricks again.

    So, I ask, why is my wife in her ninth year suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s.

    If that’s the kind of god you have, I want nothing to do with it.
    He, she or it should go down as the vilest, most despicable tyrant the world has ever seen.

  17. Bruce Michael Williams, firstly, the fact that we know we will rise again doesn’t make suffering now any less painful. And nor did it for Jesus. The length of Jesus’ suffering on the cross is not the measure of it. It was the intensity of suffering God’s wrath for our sin.

    Secondly, those who are greedy for money and do evil in the name of the church are not doing a very good job at following Jesus. The Bible tells us that there will be wolves in sheeps clothing. So the evil you speak of shouldn’t surprise us unfortunately. Even Satan can parade as an angle of light.

    Third, I don’t know why your wife is suffering. It sounds like it’s very hard for you. But I do know we live in a fallen world where sin and its effects still remain. I also know that Christ suffered for us, not so that we wouldn’t suffer, but so that when we do suffer, we can know we’re not alone. There is a God who loves you. And he has made a way to give you hope beyond this world and its suffering. He will also bring justice one day. And justice delayed is not justice denied.

    So don’t give up on God. You don’t have any good reason to.

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