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Job 39:26-30


39:26 “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, 1 

and spreads its wings toward the south?

39:27 Is it at your command 2  that the eagle soars,

and builds its nest on high?

39:28 It lives on a rock and spends the night there,

on a rocky crag 3  and a fortress. 4 

39:29 From there it spots 5  its prey, 6 

its eyes gaze intently from a distance.

39:30 And its young ones devour the blood,

and where the dead carcasses 7  are,

there it is.”

1 tn This word occurs only here. It is connected to “pinions” in v. 13. Dhorme suggests “clad with feathers,” but the line suggests more the use of the wings.

2 tn Heb “your mouth.”

3 tn Heb “upon the tooth of a rock.”

4 tn The word could be taken as the predicate, but because of the conjunction it seems to be adding another description of the place of its nest.

5 tn The word means “search,” but can be used for a wide range of matters, including spying.

6 tn Heb “food.”

7 tn The word חֲלָלִים (khalalim) designates someone who is fatally wounded, literally the “pierced one,” meaning anyone or thing that dies a violent death.

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