Job 1:2

2 He had seven sons and three daughters,

Read Job 1:2 Using Other Translations

And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
He had seven sons and three daughters.

What does Job 1:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 1:2

And there were born unto him
By his wife, in lawful wedlock, who was now living, and after mentioned:

seven sons and three daughters;
next to his religious character, his graces, and spiritual blessings, and as the chief of his outward mercies and enjoyments, his children are mentioned; and which are indeed blessings from the Lord, and such as good men, and those that fear the Lord, are sometimes blessed with, see ( Psalms 127:3 Psalms 127:4 Psalms 127:5 ) ( Psalms 128:3 Psalms 128:4 ) and to have a numerous offspring was always esteemed a very great favour and blessing, and as such was reckoned by Job; who, having so many sons, might hope to have his name perpetuated by them, as well as his substance shared among them; and having so many daughters, he might please himself with the thought of marrying them into families, which would strengthen his friendship and alliance with them; just the same number of sons and daughters had Bacchaeus, the third king of Corinth F25.


F25 Heraclides de Politiis ad calcem Aelian. Var. Hist. p. 439.
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