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Job 27:14-17


27:14 If his children increase – it is for the sword! 1 

His offspring never have enough to eat. 2 

27:15 Those who survive him are buried by the plague, 3 

and their 4  widows do not mourn for them.

27:16 If he piles up silver like dust

and stores up clothing like mounds of clay,

27:17 what he stores up 5  a righteous man will wear,

and an innocent man will inherit his silver.

1 tn R. Gordis (Job, 294) identifies this as a breviloquence. Compare Ps 92:8 where the last two words also constitute the apodosis.

2 tn Heb “will not be satisfied with bread/food.”

3 tn The text says “will be buried in/by death.” A number of passages in the Bible use “death” to mean the plague that kills (see Jer 15:2; Isa 28:3; and BDB 89 s.v. בְּ 2.a). In this sense it is like the English expression for the plague, “the Black Death.”

4 tc The LXX has “their widows” to match the plural, and most commentators harmonize in the same way.

5 tn The text simply repeats the verb from the last clause. It could be treated as a separate short clause: “He may store it up, but the righteous will wear it. But it also could be understood as the object of the following verb, “[what] he stores up the righteous will wear.” The LXX simply has, “All these things shall the righteous gain.”

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