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Job 18:6

Context

18:6 The light in his tent grows dark;

his lamp above him is extinguished. 1 

Job 29:3

Context

29:3 when 2  he caused 3  his lamp 4 

to shine upon my head,

and by his light

I walked 5  through darkness; 6 

1 tn The LXX interprets a little more precisely: “his lamp shall be put out with him.”

sn This thesis of Bildad will be questioned by Job in 21:17 – how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?

2 tn This clause is in apposition to the preceding (see GKC 426 §131.o). It offers a clarification.

3 tn The form בְּהִלּוֹ (bÿhillo) is unusual; it should be parsed as a Hiphil infinitive construct with the elision of the ה (he). The proper spelling would have been with a ַ (patakh) under the preposition, reflecting הַהִלּוֹ (hahillo). If it were Qal, it would just mean “when his light shone.”

4 sn Lamp and light are symbols of God’s blessings of life and all the prosperous and good things it includes.

5 tn Here too the imperfect verb is customary – it describes action that was continuous, but in a past time.

6 tn The accusative (“darkness”) is here an adverbial accusative of place, namely, “in the darkness,” or because he was successfully led by God’s light, “through the darkness” (see GKC 374 §118.h).



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