Job begins thus:
1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3 He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. 4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
Now consider the comment of Ecclesiastes a comment which Job illustrates:
Ver. 4. Feast.—The family banquet given by each of Job’s sons on his birthday was not in itself sinful, but is rather to be commended. Solomon must have been conversant with the Book of Job, and with this recorded practice of the sons of Job, the oriental Sheikh, “great beyond all the sons of the East.” His inspired language is expressive of commendation, not of censure:
“Behold, I have considered that it is good, that it is comely,
That a man should eat and drink and experience delight in all his labour,
Wherein he laboureth under the sun,
During the number of the days of his life which God hath assigned him,
Truly this is his allotted portion.
Yea, to every man to whom God hath given riches and wealth,
And hath enabled him to eat thereof,
And to sustain his allotted portion, and to rejoice in his labour,
This is the very gift of God.”—Ecclesiastes, 5:18, 19
The Book of Job, Translated from the Hebrew with notes explanatory, illustrative, and critical by
Rev. John Noble Coleman (1869)