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Job 25:4-6


25:4 How then can a human being be righteous before God?

How can one born of a woman be pure? 1 

25:5 If even the moon is not bright,

and the stars are not pure as far as he is concerned, 2 

25:6 how much less a mortal man, who is but a maggot 3 

a son of man, who is only a worm!”

1 sn Bildad here does not come up with new expressions; rather, he simply uses what Eliphaz had said (see Job 4:17-19 and 15:14-16).

2 tn Heb “not pure in his eyes.”

3 tn The text just has “maggot” and in the second half “worm.” Something has to be added to make it a bit clearer. The terms “maggot” and “worm” describe man in his lowest and most ignominious shape.

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