Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Job 18:15

Context
NETBible

Fire resides in his tent; 1  over his residence burning sulfur is scattered.

XREF

Ge 19:24; De 29:23; Job 18:12,13; Job 20:18-21; Job 31:38,39; Ps 11:6; Isa 34:9,10; Jer 22:13; Hab 2:6-11; Zec 5:4; Re 19:20; Re 21:8

NET © Notes

tn This line is difficult as well. The verb, again a third feminine form, says “it dwells in his tent.” But the next part (מִבְּלִי לוֹ, mibbÿli lo) means something like “things of what are not his.” The best that can be made of the MT is “There shall live in his tent they that are not his” (referring to persons and animals; see J. E. Hartley, Job [NICOT], 279). G. R. Driver and G. B. Gray (Job [ICC], 2:161) refer “that which is naught of his” to weeds and wild animals. M. Dahood suggested a reading מַבֶּל (mabbel) and a connection to Akkadian nablu, “fire” (cf. Ugaritic nbl). The interchange of m and n is not a problem, and the parallelism with the next line makes good sense (“Some Northwest Semitic words in Job,” Bib 38 [1957]: 312ff.). Others suggest an emendation to get “night-hag” or vampire. This suggestion, as well as Driver’s “mixed herbs,” are linked to the idea of exorcism. But if a change is to be made, Dahood’s is the most compelling.



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