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Job 24:3

Context

24:3 They drive away the orphan’s donkey;

they take the widow’s ox as a pledge.

Job 24:9

Context

24:9 The fatherless child is snatched 1  from the breast, 2 

the infant of the poor is taken as a pledge. 3 

1 tn The verb with no expressed subject is here again taken in the passive: “they snatch” becomes “[child] is snatched.”

2 tn This word is usually defined as “violence; ruin.” But elsewhere it does mean “breast” (Isa 60:16; 66:11), and that is certainly what it means here.

3 tc The MT has a very brief and strange reading: “they take as a pledge upon the poor.” This could be taken as “they take a pledge against the poor” (ESV). Kamphausen suggested that instead of עַל (’al, “against”) one should read עוּל (’ul, “suckling”). This is supported by the parallelism. “They take as pledge” is also made passive here.



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