Job 42:13

13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.

Job 42:13 Meaning and Commentary

Job 42:13

He had also seven sons, and three daughters.
] The same number of children, and of the same sort he had before, ( Job 1:2 ) ; and according to Nachman the very same he had before, which the additional letter in the word "seven" is with him the notification of; so that the doubting of what he had before, ( Job 42:10 ) ; respects only his substance, and particularly his cattle; though the Targum says he had fourteen sons, and so Jarchi F20; others think these may be said to be double to Job in their good qualities, external and internal, in their dispositions, virtues, and graces; and others, inasmuch as his former children were not lost, but lived with God, and would live for ever, they might now be said to be double; and so they consider this as a proof of the immortality of the soul, and of the resurrection of the body; but these senses are not to be trusted to; whether these children were by a former wife or another is uncertain.


F20 Vid. Balmes. Gram. Strat. 26.

Job 42:13 In-Context

11 All his brothers and sisters and friends came to his house and celebrated. They told him how sorry they were, and consoled him for all the trouble God had brought him. Each of them brought generous housewarming gifts.
12 God blessed Job's later life even more than his earlier life. He ended up with fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand teams of oxen, and one thousand donkeys.
13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.
14 He named the first daughter Dove, the second, Cinnamon, and the third, Darkeyes.
15 There was not a woman in that country as beautiful as Job's daughters. Their father treated them as equals with their brothers, providing the same inheritance.
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