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Job 21:14-15

Context

21:14 So they say to God, ‘Turn away from us!

We do not want to 1  know your ways. 2 

21:15 Who is the Almighty, that 3  we should serve him?

What would we gain

if we were to pray 4  to him?’ 5 

1 tn The absence of the preposition before the complement adds greater vividness to the statement: “and knowing your ways – we do not desire.”

2 sn Contrast Ps 25:4, which affirms that walking in God’s ways means to obey God’s will – the Torah.

3 tn The interrogative clause is followed by ki, similar to Exod 5:2, “Who is Yahweh, that I should obey him?”

4 tn The verb פָּגַע (paga’) means “to encounter; to meet,” but also “to meet with request; to intercede; to interpose.” The latter meaning is a derived meaning by usage.

5 tn The verse is not present in the LXX. It may be that it was considered too blasphemous and therefore omitted.



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