Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft, in places forgotten by the foot of man; far from men he dangles and sways.
"He sinks a shaft far from habitation, Forgotten by the foot; They hang and swing to and fro far from men.
They sink a mine shaft into the earth far from where anyone lives. They descend on ropes, swinging back and forth.
Far from civilization, far from the traffic, they cut a shaft, and are lowered into it by ropes.
He makes a deep mine far away from those living in the light of day; when they go about on the earth, they have no knowledge of those who are under them, who are hanging far from men, twisting from side to side on a cord.
They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation; they are forgotten by travelers, they sway suspended, remote from people.
He breaks open a shaft away from people; In places forgotten by feet They hang far away from men; They swing to and fro.
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1 tc The first part of this verse, “He cuts a shaft far from the place where people live,” has received a lot of attention. The word for “live” is גָּר (gar). Some of the proposals are: “limestone,” on the basis of the LXX; “far from the light,” reading נֵר (ner); “by a foreign people,” taking the word to means “foreign people”; “a foreign people opening shafts”; or taking gar as “crater” based on Arabic. Driver puts this and the next together: “a strange people who have been forgotten cut shafts” (see AJSL 3 : 162). L. Waterman had “the people of the lamp” (“Note on Job 28:4,” JBL 71 : 167ff). And there are others. Since there is really no compelling argument in favor of one of these alternative interpretations, the MT should be preserved until shown to be wrong.
2 tn Heb “forgotten by the foot.” This means that there are people walking above on the ground, and the places below, these mines, are not noticed by the pedestrians above.
3 sn This is a description of the mining procedures. Dangling suspended from a rope would be a necessary part of the job of going up and down the shafts.