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Job 32:21-22


32:21 I will not show partiality to anyone, 1 

nor will I confer a title 2  on any man.

32:22 for I do not know how to give honorary titles, 3 

if I did, 4  my Creator would quickly do away with me. 5 

1 tn The idiom is “I will not lift up the face of a man.” Elihu is going to show no favoritism, but speak his mind.

2 tn The verb means “to confer an honorary title; to give a mark of distinction,” but it is often translated with the verb “flatter.” Elihu will not take sides, he will not use pompous titles.

3 tn The construction uses a perfect verb followed by the imperfect. This is a form of subordination equivalent to a complementary infinitive (see GKC 385-86 §120.c).

4 tn The words “if I did” are supplied in the translation to make sense out of the two clauses.

5 tn Heb “quickly carry me away.”

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