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Birthdays. The custom of observing birthdays is very ancient, Gen. 40:20; Jer. 20:15; and in Job 1:4, etc., we read that Job’s sons “feasted every one his day.” In Persia birthdays were celebrated with peculiar honors and banquets, and in Egypt those of the king were kept with great pomp. It is very probable that in Matt. 14:6 the feast to commemorate Herod’s accession is intended, for we know that such feasts were common, and were called “the day of the king.” Hos. 7:5.