Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Job 6:21

Context
NET ©

For now 1  you have become like these streams that are no help; 2  you see a terror, 3  and are afraid.

NIV ©

Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.

NASB ©

"Indeed, you have now become such, You see a terror and are afraid.

NLT ©

You, too, have proved to be of no help. You have seen my calamity, and you are afraid.

MSG ©

And you, my so-called friends, are no better-- there's nothing to you! One look at a hard scene and you shrink in fear.

BBE ©

So have you now become to me; you see my sad condition and are in fear.

NRSV ©

Such you have now become to me; you see my calamity, and are afraid.

NKJV ©

For now you are nothing, You see terror and are afraid.


KJV
For now ye are nothing; ye see
<07200> (8799)
[my] casting down
<02866>_,
and are afraid
<03372> (8799)_.
{ye are...: or, ye are like to them: Heb. to it} {nothing: Heb. not}
NASB ©
"Indeed
<03588>
, you have now
<06258>
become
<01961>
such
<03808>
, You see
<07200>
a terror
<02866>
and are afraid
<03372>
.
HEBREW
warytw
<03372>
ttx
<02866>
wart
<07200>
*wl {al}
<03808>
Mtyyh
<01961>
hte
<06258>
yk (6:21)
<03588>
LXXM
atar {CONJ} de
<1161
PRT
kai
<2532
CONJ
umeiv
<4771
P-NP
epebhte
<1910
V-AAI-2P
moi
<1473
P-DS
anelehmonwv {ADV} wste
<5620
CONJ
idontev
<3708
V-AAPNP
to
<3588
T-ASN
emon
<1699
A-ASN
trauma
<5134
N-ASN
fobhyhte
<5399
V-APS-2P
NET © [draft] ITL
For
<03588>
now
<06258>
you have become
<01961>
like these streams that are no
<03808>
help; you see
<07200>
a terror
<02866>
, and are afraid
<03372>
.
NET ©

For now 1  you have become like these streams that are no help; 2  you see a terror, 3  and are afraid.

NET © Notes

tn There is a textual problem in this line, an issue of Kethib-Qere. Some read the form with the Qere as the preposition with a suffix referring to “the river,” with the idea “you are like it.” Others would read the form with the Kethib as the negative “not,” meaning “for now you are nothing.” The LXX and the Syriac read the word as “to me.” RSV follows this and changes כִּי (ki, “for”) to כֵּן (ken, “thus”). However, such an emendation is unnecessary since כִּי (ki) itself can be legitimately employed as an emphatic particle. In that case, the translation would be, “Indeed, now you are” in the sense of “At this time you certainly are behaving like those streams.” The simplest reading is “for now you have become [like] it.” The meaning seems clear enough in the context that the friends, like the river, proved to be of no use. But D. J. A. Clines (Job [WBC], 161) points out that the difficulty with this is that all references so far to the rivers have been in the plural.

tn The perfect of הָיָה (hayah) could be translated as either “are” or “have been” rather than “have become” (cf. Joüon 2:373 §113.p with regard to stative verbs). “Like it” refers to the intermittent stream which promises water but does not deliver. The LXX has a paraphrase: “But you also have come to me without pity.”

tn The word חֲתַת (khatat) is a hapax legomenon. The word חַת (khat) means “terror” in 41:25. The construct form חִתַּת (khittat) is found in Gen 35:5; and חִתִּית (khittit) is found in Ezek 26:17, 32:23). The Akkadian cognate means “terror.” It probably means that in Job’s suffering they recognized some dreaded thing from God and were afraid to speak any sympathy toward him.



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