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Job 4:8

Context

4:8 Even as I have seen, 1  those who plow 2  iniquity 3 

and those who sow trouble reap the same. 4 

Job 5:6

Context

5:6 For evil does not come up from the dust, 5 

nor does trouble spring up from the ground,

Job 15:35

Context

15:35 They conceive 6  trouble and bring forth evil;

their belly 7  prepares deception.”

1 tn The perfect verb here represents the indefinite past. It has no specific sighting in mind, but refers to each time he has seen the wicked do this.

2 sn The figure is an implied metaphor. Plowing suggests the idea of deliberately preparing (or cultivating) life for evil. This describes those who are fundamentally wicked.

3 tn The LXX renders this with a plural “barren places.”

4 tn Heb “reap it.”

5 sn The previous discussion shows how trouble rises, namely, from the rebelliousness of the fool. Here Eliphaz simply summarizes the points made with this general principle – trouble does not come from outside man, nor does it come as a part of the natural order, but rather it comes from the evil nature of man.

6 tn Infinitives absolute are used in this verse in the place of finite verbs. They lend a greater vividness to the description, stressing the basic meaning of the words.

7 tn At the start of the speech Eliphaz said Job’s belly was filled with the wind; now it is there that he prepares deception. This inclusio frames the speech.



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