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Job 2:11-13 ESV

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.


Job’s three friends did good in coming to comfort Job.

They comforted Job the most by keeping their mouths shut.
Job’s friends didn’t understand what was going on any more than Job. For a week they didn’t say a word. Later on, when they tried to analyze Job’s situation they only made things worse.

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent
(Proverbs 17:28, ESV).