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
38:16 O sovereign master, your decrees can give men life;
may years of life be restored to me. 3
Restore my health 4 and preserve my life.’
For you removed all my sins from your sight. 8
1 tn Heb “and he has spoken and he has acted.”
2 tn Heb “because of the bitterness of my soul.”
3 tn The translation offered here is purely speculative. The text as it stands is meaningless and probably corrupt. It reads literally, “O lord, on account of them [the suffix is masculine plural], they live, and to all in them [the suffix is feminine plural], life of my spirit.”
4 tn The prefixed verbal form could be taken as indicative, “you restore my health,” but the following imperatival form suggests it be understood as an imperfect of request.
5 tn Heb “Look, for peace bitterness was to me bitter”; NAB “thus is my bitterness transformed into peace.”
6 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”).
7 tn בְּלִי (bÿli) most often appears as a negation, meaning “without,” suggesting the meaning “nothingness, oblivion,” here. Some translate “decay” or “destruction.”
8 tn Heb “for you threw behind your back all my sins.”