3 His possessions included 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys; in addition he had a very great household. Thus he was the greatest of all the people in the east. 4 Now his sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one in turn, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5 When the days of their feasting were finished, Job would send for them and sanctify them; he would get up early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job thought, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s customary practice.
LXX Job 1:5
3 And his cattle consisted of seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred she-asses in the pastures, and a very great household, and he had a great husbandry on the earth; and that man was most noble of the men of the east. 4 And his sons visiting one another prepared a banquet every day, taking with them also their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 And when the days of the banquet were completed, Job sent and purified them, having risen up in the morning, and offered sacrifices for them, according to their number, and one calf for a sin-offering for their souls: for Job said, Lest peradventure my sons have thought evil in their minds against God. Thus then Job did continually.
Notes and References
"... The Job we meet in the Greek text is made even more pious than the Job we met in the Hebrew text. The actions of Job contain two significant additions. In 1:4-5, the precautionary sacrifice of Job is mentioned. Then the Greek storyteller adds one more line to his story. '... and one ox as a sin-offering for their lives'. This addition enhances Job's character by placing his worship in the context of Old Testament worship rites ...
Beck, John A. Translators as Storytellers: A Study in Septuagint Translation Technique (p. 123) Peter Lang Publishing, 2000
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