“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 devil uses her tongue to attack Job’s integrity. She loses all hope of healing and restoration and suggests suicide. It seems that the evil spirit of fear and doubt has taken control of her heart. In Hebrew, the word ‘integrity’ means: to be innocent, perfect, accomplished, prosperous and complete. In other words, the devil was attacking Job’s assurance of standing before God. He was trying to shake the assurance of his salvation. But Job rejected and resisted that attack. He rebukes his wife. He told her that she speaks like ‘one of the foolish women’. Please observe that he did not insult her, he did not call her a foolish woman. Job was referring to that particular ‘foolish’ speech. From this we deduce that she was not like that before. In the past, she was a wise, patient and loving wife and mother. He tells her that something is wrong; that she does not behave like herself, but she speaks ‘like a foolish woman’. In Hebrew, the word ‘foolish’ means to be stupid and wicked and soon to be disgraced. It was clearly the devil who put these foolish words in her mouth.
According to the Bible, who is a foolish woman?
“The fool says in his heart: “There is no God” (PS 14:1)
“The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down” (PV 14:1)
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion” (PV 18:2)
“One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless” (PV 14:16)
“Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools” (Ecc 7:9)
“For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak (silly, foolish) women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (2Tim 3: 6, 7)
Wisely and lovingly, even in his pain, Job does the work of a good godly husband. He rebukes his wife in love. He covers her foolish behavior with words of wisdom. This is a great encouragement for all who marry well. You must marry a believer, for in time of troubles he will stand by you. If one falls (like Mrs. Job) the other one will be able to lift the wounded soul (Ecc 4:9, 10). Praise God for Job! He is a great inspiration to godly husbands! He truly loves his wife as Christ loves the church!
Please note that the restoration of Job included his wife’s too. Their marriage was redeemed too. There is no record that Job divorced the wife of his youth and married another. We conclude that she is the same wife to the end. God gave them ten more wonderful and beautiful children. They were also blessed with even more wealth. God keeps the best for the last (Jn 2: 10). Like water that supernaturally became wine, their later years were ‘sweeter’ than their youth.
Lastly, this is a story that reveals the Cross of Christ. There is pain and suffering but restoration, blessings and glory at last. Jesus died so that even women like Job’s wife can change and give God the glory. May you be encouraged today! God is good and faithful too. To Him alone be all the glory! Amen