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Isaiah 38:15


38:15 What can I say?

He has decreed and acted. 1 

I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief. 2 

Isaiah 38:17


38:17 “Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. 3 

You delivered me 4  from the pit of oblivion. 5 

For you removed all my sins from your sight. 6 

1 tn Heb “and he has spoken and he has acted.”

2 tn Heb “because of the bitterness of my soul.”

3 tn Heb “Look, for peace bitterness was to me bitter”; NAB “thus is my bitterness transformed into peace.”

4 tc The Hebrew text reads, “you loved my soul,” but this does not fit syntactically with the following prepositional phrase. חָשַׁקְתָּ (khashaqta, “you loved”), may reflect an aural error; most emend the form to חָשַׂכְת, (khasakht, “you held back”).

5 tn בְּלִי (bÿli) most often appears as a negation, meaning “without,” suggesting the meaning “nothingness, oblivion,” here. Some translate “decay” or “destruction.”

6 tn Heb “for you threw behind your back all my sins.”

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