for I do not know how to give honorary titles, 1 if I did, 2 my Creator would quickly do away with me. 3
for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.
"For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.
And if I tried, my Creator would soon do away with me.
I was never any good at bootlicking; my Maker would make short work of me if I started in now!
For I am not able to give names of honour to any man; and if I did, my Maker would quickly take me away.
For I do not know how to flatter—or my Maker would soon put an end to me!
For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.
For I know
not to give flattering titles
[in so doing] my maker
take me away
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I do not
how to give honorary
, if I did
, my Creator
would quickly doaway with me.
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1 tn The construction uses a perfect verb followed by the imperfect. This is a form of subordination equivalent to a complementary infinitive (see GKC 385-86 §120.c).
2 tn The words “if I did” are supplied in the translation to make sense out of the two clauses.
3 tn Heb “quickly carry me away.”