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Job 9:25

Context
Renewed Complaint

9:25 “My days 1  are swifter than a runner, 2 

they speed by without seeing happiness.

Job 21:25

Context

21:25 And another man 3  dies in bitterness of soul, 4 

never having tasted 5  anything good.

1 tn The text has “and my days” following the thoughts in the previous section.

2 sn Job returns to the thought of the brevity of his life (7:6). But now the figure is the swift runner instead of the weaver’s shuttle.

3 tn The expression “this (v. 23)…and this” (v. 25) means “one…the other.”

4 tn The text literally has “and this [man] dies in soul of bitterness.” Some simply reverse it and translate “in the bitterness of soul.” The genitive “bitterness” may be an attribute adjective, “with a bitter soul.”

5 tn Heb “eaten what is good.” It means he died without having enjoyed the good life.



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