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Job 37:23-24

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37:23 As for the Almighty, 1  we cannot attain to him!

He is great in power,

but justice 2  and abundant righteousness he does not oppress.

37:24 Therefore people fear him,

for he does not regard all the wise in heart.” 3 

1 tn The name “Almighty” is here a casus pendens, isolating the name at the front of the sentence and resuming it with a pronoun.

2 tn The MT places the major disjunctive accent (the atnach) under “power,” indicating that “and justice” as a disjunctive clause starting the second half of the verse (with ESV, NASB, NIV, NLT). Ignoring the Masoretic accent, NRSV has “he is great in power and justice.”

3 sn The phrase “wise of heart” was used in Job 9:4 in a negative sense.



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