grief was very great
2:13 grief was very great. The scene defies imagination. Job had been living on the ash dump outside the city for a long time before his friends could arrive. He was no longer welcome in the city in which he had formerly been its chief citizen, so ugly and foul was his presence. His former friends and colleagues could not even recognize him (Job 2:12). The most godly man in the world seemed now to be forsaken and repudiated by the God he had loved and served for many years, and he was grief-stricken to a degree probably no one else in the human family has ever experienced. He still trusted God, but Satan was far from finished with his experiment.