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Job 1:18,19




18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

19 and, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Does this mean that only his sons died in the house since it does not mention his daughters being dead? I thought they all perished. Can anyone clarify?

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2




In Jewish culture the males were counted, because they were heads of households, rulers of the tribes, etc. So the servant was addressing all of Job's children being lost; but specifically the young men -- the inheritance of Job -- the future of his clan.
You see this throughout the Bible: 5000 men were fed bread and fish miraculously by Christ. Matt 14:21 specifies "beside women and children." These were not counted with an exact number. It isn't that they weren't important; it was just the Jewish mindset -- 5000 heads of household were fed + their families!

Rose of Shushan

Marathon Poster


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In verse 10 it refers to sons (from the root ben) and daughters(from the root bat).
In the next verse,in referring to the young men it calles them narim.Narim is the male plural of nar which is a male youth.A female youth is a narah.However in hebrew if you address a mix of both women and male you use the male form of the plural.The female is only used when just females are addressed.

Hope this helps.


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