I am the daughter of a King! I have an inheritance!
Today I read about Job’s daughters….Three women who became very wealthy land and livestock owners — ranchers!
Job 42 says, “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah. (In Hebrew the meaning of the name Jemimah is: Little dove.),
Hence, for a meaning of the name Jemimah, Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and even BDB Theological Dictionary read Dove (yet BDB, states “perhaps” and Jones “as some conjecture”).
To a Hebrew audience, however, the name Jemimah doesn’t look at all like the word for dove — which is יונה (yona), the source of the name Jonah — but much rather like the word for sea, which isמימ (mayim). The name Jemimah would form from using this word as verb (which isn’t done in Scriptures but in the name-arena, anything goes), and making it feminine: She Who Acts Like The Sea.
Jones adds that the most ancient translations of the Bible, namely the Septuagint and the Vulgate, derive the name Jemimah from the noun יום (yom), meaning a day. The derived adverb יומם (yomam) means by day, or during daylight (Numbers 10:34, Job 24:16, Jeremiah 15:9). That would give the name Jemimah the pleasing meaning of Lady Daylight.
the second Keziah (In Hebrew the meaning of the name Keziah is: Cassia; sweet-scented spice and was popular with the Puritans.),
The verb קצע (qasa’ I) means to scrape or scrape off. It’s used only once in the Bible, in Leviticus 14:41. This verb comes with two derivatives:
- The feminine noun קציעה (qesi’a), meaning cassia, a kind of sweet smelling cinnamon powder, harvested by scraping it off from trees. This word too occurs just once in the Bible, in Psalm 45:8. It is also identical to the name Keziah.
- The noun מקצעה (maqsu’a) denotes a scraping tool (Isaiah 44:13).
and the third Keren-Happuch.
The verb קרן (qrn) is a bit of a mystery. It occurs in several Semitic languages and it always has to do with horns or having horns. In Hebrew, curiously enough, it may also mean to shine or be radiant. Although there’s an obvious imaginary overlap between being radiant and having horns, in cognate languages this root only means to have horns. But we know that the Hebrews used this verb in the meaning of to shine because it was applied to Moses when he came down the mountain after his meeting with God (Exodus 34:29). The Vulgate had Moses grow horns in this passage, and that’s why Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses shows him with horns.
This verb comes with a noun, namely קרן (qeren), meaning horn, and that’s peculiar too. Why is there a noun that means horn, and not a noun that means ray? (Although, Habakkuk 3:4 speaks of rays (probably not horns) that emanate from the Lord’s hand.)
HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament thinks that the verb was derived of the noun, while BDB Theological Dictionary says that the verb and the noun were both derived of an even more fundamental root, but the meaning of this most fundamental root is even more obscure.
A similar duplicity may exist in the verb צוץ (sus), which means to bloom or to shine.
Job 42:15 says, “Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.”
There have been times in my life that I’ve been treated as if I’m “not good enough” because I was a woman. The enemy has said, You’ve lost everything more than once because you are a woman. This is the reason you are alone. There is no one to help you, and you will never be good enough ever… Have you ever felt this way?
God released me from these lies. He’s told me I have an inheritance that doesn’t come from man or by being a man!
Job 1:1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
First of all Job was a MAN and lost everything. He was blameless, upright and loved God. His friends doubted him when he was down and didn’t look at Job’s character, they looked at what he had lost…. They were wrong in their thinking toward Job and in their actions. In the end God called them to repentance and told them to make a sacrifice in Job’s presence and then told them to have Job pray for them. Of course Job did, they were his friends. Job’s character hadn’t changed even though his wealth and status had, or so everyone thought! When Job prayed his friends were restored in the eyes of God and Job was given double!
Secondly, God also restored Job’s family. He gave him seven more sons and three daughters. We read above about how Job named his daughters. Job lived 140 years after their birth. He also gave his daughters an inheritance along with their brothers. They were also the most beautiful women in the land.
God is saying he loves us, we are given light and life through him to be a sweet smelling fragrance to bloom and shine in and through Him who has given us life! We have been given an inheritance, the same as our brothers and sisters in Christ…that is never-ending, all sufficient and a completely perfect gift from our Father in heaven!
Cinderella Released…from ashes to beauty!
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