18:6 The light in his tent grows dark;
his lamp above him is extinguished. 1
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).