with words without knowledge?
Would you declare me guilty so that you might be right?
‘Who is this who darkens counsel
things too wonderful for me to know. 7
1 tn The demonstrative pronoun is used here to emphasize the interrogative pronoun (see GKC 442 §136.c).
3 tn The verb פָּרַר (parar) means “to annul; to break; to frustrate.” It was one thing for Job to claim his own integrity, but it was another matter altogether to nullify God’s righteousness in the process.
4 tn The expression “you asked” is added here to clarify the presence of the line to follow. Many commentators delete it as a gloss from Job 38:2. If it is retained, then Job has to be recalling God’s question before he answers it.
6 tn Heb “and I do not understand.” The expression serves here in an adverbial capacity. It also could be subordinated as a complement: “I have declared [things that] I do not understand.”
7 tn The last clause is “and I do not know.” This is also subordinated to become a dependent clause.