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13 He had also seven [shib`anah] sons [ben] and three [shalowsh] daughters [bath]. KJV-Interlinear
13 And he had seven sons and
three daughters. NASB
Job originally had seven sons and three daughters,
prior to his suffering.We were never
told their names, but only that they had regular parties and that Job had to
hold regular confessional offering sacrifices in their behalf so as to keep
them in good graces with the Lord (so to speak).
Then the disaster struck and all of the children were
killed in one swift storm.Job lost his
children along with nearly all of his assets on that single and fateful
day.Shortly thereafter, his health
turned south, and that is how he spent many weeks in suffering.
Job had his wife, but she too was not a happy camper
with Job.Her best wishes for Job were
that he simply curse God and then die.But despite his shortcomings and her bitter feelings, Jobs wife, who is
never named, did not leave him, nor did she abandon him.
She hung in there, complete with her sadness over her
family loss, the loss of her social status, and the loss of her lifestyle to
which she had become accustomed.As Job
was sneered at by family and friends, so too, she probably felt that same
ostracism because she was his wife.She
could have easily bailed out on him.But
she did not.
But then came the whirlwind and everything changed.
health was restored.Jobs family and
friends came back.The restoration of
their prosperity began.And all seemed
to be getting better.
Without children, and starting life over, Job and his
wife were reconciled and they had ten more children.Now common sense dictates that they got along
Three is the number of deity and seven is the number
of perfection or completeness.Job and
his wife's life was made complete as symbolized by the number of their children
- seven sons and three daughters.In
everything they had, God was a part, and God was the foundation of their life -
both of their lives.
Though they began life in prosperity, and that was
interrupted, so now they will end their life, fully restored to the position
they were in prior to the suffering, but of course much better off.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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