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Job 38:31-33

Context

38:31 Can you tie the bands 1  of the Pleiades,

or release the cords of Orion?

38:32 Can you lead out

the constellations 2  in their seasons,

or guide the Bear with its cubs? 3 

38:33 Do you know the laws of the heavens,

or can you set up their rule over the earth?

1 tn This word is found here and in 1 Sam 15:32. Dhorme suggests, with others, that there has been a metathesis (a reversal of consonants), and it is the same word found in Job 31:36 (“bind”). G. R. Driver takes it as “cluster” without changing the text (“Two astronomical passages in the Old Testament,” JTS 7 [1956] :3).

2 tn The word מַזָּרוֹת (mazzarot) is taken by some to refer to the constellations (see 2 Kgs 23:5), and by others as connected to the word for “crown,” and so “corona.”

3 sn See Job 9:9.



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