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Job 20:5

Context

20:5 that the elation of the wicked is brief, 1 

the joy of the godless 2  lasts but a moment. 3 

Job 20:29

Context

20:29 Such is the lot God allots the wicked,

and the heritage of his appointment 4  from God.”

1 tn The expression in the text is “quite near.” This indicates that it is easily attained, and that its end is near.

2 tn For the discussion of חָנֵף (khanef, “godless”) see Job 8:13.

3 tn The phrase is “until a moment,” meaning it is short-lived. But see J. Barr, “Hebrew ’ad, especially at Job 1:18 and Neh 7:3,” JSS 27 (1982): 177-88.

4 tn For the word אִמְרוֹ (’imro) some propose reading “his appointment,” and the others, “his word.” Driver shows that “the heritage of his appointment” means “his appointed heritage” (see GKC 440 §135.n).



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