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Job 28:26

Context

28:26 When he imposed a limit 1  for the rain,

and a path for the thunderstorm, 2 

Job 38:10

Context

38:10 when I prescribed 3  its limits,

and set 4  in place its bolts and doors,

1 tn Or “decree.”

2 tn Or “thunderbolt,” i.e., lightning. Heb “the roaring of voices/sounds,” which describes the nature of the storm.

3 tc The MT has “and I broke,” which cannot mean “set, prescribed” or the like. The LXX and the Vulgate have such a meaning, suggesting a verb עֲשִׁית (’ashiyt, “plan, prescribe”). A. Guillaume finds an Arabic word with a meaning “measured it by span by my decree.” Would God give himself a decree? R. Gordis simply argues that the basic meaning “break” develops the connotation of “decide, determine” (2 Sam 5:24; Job 14:3; Dan 11:36).

4 tn Dhorme suggested reversing the two verbs, making this the first, and then “shatter” for the second colon.



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