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Job 13:8

Context

13:8 Will you show him partiality? 1 

Will you argue the case 2  for God?

Job 13:10

Context

13:10 He would certainly rebuke 3  you

if you secretly 4  showed partiality!

1 sn The idiom used here is “Will you lift up his face?” Here Job is being very sarcastic, for this expression usually means that a judge is taking a bribe. Job is accusing them of taking God’s side.

2 tn The same root is used here (רִיב, riv, “dispute, contention”) as in v. 6b (see note).

3 tn The verbal idea is intensified with the infinitive absolute. This is the same verb used in v. 3; here it would have the sense of “rebuke, convict.”

sn Peake’s observation is worth noting, namely, that as Job attacks the unrighteousness of God boldly he nonetheless has confidence in God’s righteousness that would not allow liars to defend him.

4 sn The use of the word “in secret” or “secretly” suggests that what they do is a guilty action (31:27a).



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