0 Job's new family (Job 42)

Episode 168: Job's new family

Job 42

Job concedes to God

42 1 Job said to God,

2 You can do anything and can read everyone's mind.

5 I've heard you speak before, but now I can see you.

6 So I hate myself and repent in dust and ashes.

Job's friends sacrifice animals for God

7 Then God said to Eliphaz and his friends,

I'm mad at you for not speaking well enough of me, as Job has.

8 So take seven bullocks and seven rams and offer them to me as a burnt offering.

Job will pray for you, and I'll accept your offerings.

9 So Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar sacrificed the animals and God accepted Job.

God gives Job twice as much stuff as he had before (with even prettier daughters!)

10 God gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 All of Job's friends and relatives ate dinner with him and comforted him from all the evil that God did to him.

12 God gave Job twice as many animals as he had before: 14,000 sheep, 6000 camels, 1000 oxen, and 1000 female donkeys.

13 He also had seven sons and three daughters, whose names were Jemima, Kezia, Kerenhappuch.

15 They were the prettiest women in all the land, and they shared in the inheritance with their brothers.

Job with his three daughters by William Blake

16-17 Job lived 140 years and died.

A few more words about this episode

He also had seven new sons and three new daughters (42:13)
Here a just a few questions that come to mind here:
  • Were these the same ten children that God and Satan killed in their bet?
  • Were they resurrected from the dead?
  • Did God create ten entirely new and different (better?) children from scratch?
  • Or were Job's new children created in the usual way, and if so, who was their mother?
  • What happened to Job's wife?
They were the prettiest women in all the land. (42:15)

They were also the inspiration for "Job's Daughters" - a Masonic organization for teenage girls, who dress up in robes and sing a song with these lyrics:

"Behold, behold, we are the daughters of Job.
Behold, behold, we are the daughters of Job,
The fairest, the fairest in all the land.”

Job lived 140 years. (42:22)
Job's lifespan was also doubled by God, according to Psalm 90:10
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