Job 1:5

Hebrew Bible

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. 6 Now the day came when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord—and Satan also arrived among them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” And Satan answered the Lord, “From roving about on the earth, and from walking back and forth across it.”

Psalms of Solomon 3:7


5 The righteous stumble and still prove the Lord is right; if they fall, they expect God to help them; they look to the source of their salvation. 6 The confidence of the righteous comes from God their savior. Repeated sin is not found in the home of the righteous. 7 The righteous thoroughly examine their homes to remove their unintentional offences. 8 They atone for sins of ignorance by fasting and humility and the Lord will cleanse every devout person and their household. 9 The sinners stumble and curse their life, the day of their birth and their mother's labor pain.

 Notes and References

"... The idea of moral progress also starts to make more of an appearance in other works from the late Second Temple period, for example, in the Wisdom of Solomon ... There is sometimes also an emphasis on ascetic practices that will purify one's character. Thus in Psalms of Solomon 3 we read, 'The Righteous constantly searches his house to remove his unintentional sin' (a possible allusion to seeing out leaven before Passover). Compare Job 1:5 ..."

Barton, John Ethics in Ancient Israel (p. 163) Oxford University Press, 2014

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