Sometimes we can be hard on Job's friends for their bad advice. However, they did achieve something many of us could not do. They remained completely silent for an entire week. They did not utter a word to Job for seven days. Could you wait that long? I certainly haven't. If nothing else, the silence should give us time to think before we speak.
Some encouraging verses about silence...
- Proverbs 17:18 "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."
- James 1:19 "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath."