Job 2:9-10 – a “foolish woman”?

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. – Job 2:9-10

The woman is the weaker vessel. This is clearly manifested here. If & when our wives lose faith, we will have to gently restore them.

I will probably not call her a “foolish” woman, although the scriptures clearly indicated here that Job did not sin with his lips. (This is probably because Job was speaking the truth against sin – remember, the only time we don’t sin when we are angry is when we are angry about sin.)

I will probably attempt to remind her about God’s sovereignty and promise that He works all things together for the good of His children according to His time horizon (Rom 8:28).

This reminds us of how important it is to have wives who encourage rather than discourage us when facing adversity. History has many such examples – John Wesley had a wife who was not helpful to his ministry while Martin Luther was supported by a loving and faithful wife. Prov 18:22 – He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.

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