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Job 29:12


29:12 for I rescued the poor who cried out for help,

and the orphan who 1  had no one to assist him;

Job 29:16


29:16 I was a father 2  to the needy,

and I investigated the case of the person I did not know;

1 tn The negative introduces a clause that serves as a negative attribute; literally the following clause says, “and had no helper” (see GKC 482 §152.u).

2 sn The word “father” does not have a wide range of meanings in the OT. But there are places that it is metaphorical, especially in a legal setting like this where the poor need aid.

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