V. 12, 13. Oh seems to have been at this time in the open air; when his friends, astonished at what they saw, and perceiving him so altered that they could not know him, expressed their grief by every emphatical token, and burst out into loud lamentations. It should not, however, be concluded from the language here used, that he and his friends remained together in the same place, all the time preceding their debate, and during its continuance. At proper seasons they came to Job, and sat by him as mourn ers; but they were so affected bya view of his misery, that they remained silent before him. It is probable, they sus ected that his unprecedented calamities were judgments on him for some enormous crimes, which he had veiled undera hypocritical profession of religion: but they did not choose to augment his grief, by abruptly bringing this charge against him; yet they could not use the ordinary topicks of consolation. Perhaps they conferred among themselves on the subject, and agreed to wait and observe his Conduct, and to take an opportunity of speaking, as circumstances might appear to them. Perhaps also Job suspected the cause of t eir silence; and 1113 angmsh on that account, might give Satan an occasion of tempting him to use the passionate language recorded in the ensuing chapter, which confirmed his friends in their harsh sus pic1ons, and gave rise to the subsequent debate.
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