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Job 3:1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2He said: 3“May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!’

How did anyone know when Job was conceived?

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  • Can you connect the dots a little more between the verse and the specific difficulties you have with it? Are you interpreting night to refer to a person, like Mr. Night, and then wondering how he would know when Job was conceived? That seems unlikely, so you must have some other question -- so please let us know what your real question is. – Robert Feb 15 at 2:04
  • It is just Hebrew idiom!! – Dottard Feb 15 at 4:38
  • His mother might well have known. I know exactly when my son was conceived based on the events surrounding it. – Lesley Feb 15 at 15:31
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Benson Commentary

the exact time of conception is commonly unknown to women themselves

Let's see the parallelism in Job 3:3

May the day                   of my birth perish, 
and the night that said,     'A boy is conceived!' [הָרֶה]

The conception here is parallel with birth. They denote the same thing: birth.

Elsewhere in 1 Chronicles 4:17

New International Version

The sons of Ezrah: Jether, Mered, Epher and Jalon. One of Mered's wives gave birth [הָרֶה] to Miriam, Shammai and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.

New King James Version

The sons of Ezrah were Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. And Mered’s wife bore [הָרֶה] Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.

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