Job 19:17—How could Job have children here when they were all killed earlier?
Solution: The term “children” can mean “grandchildren” or even his “blood relatives.” With seven sons and three daughters, including their own families (cf. 1:2, 18), Job undoubtedly had many grandchildren. Job lived 140 more years after his sickness (Job 42:16). So, in his long life, he had many years to have many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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