“What is mankind 1 that you make so much of them, 2 and that you pay attention 3 to them?
"What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention,
"What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him,
"What are mere mortals, that you should make so much of us?
"What are mortals anyway, that you bother with them, that you even give them the time of day?
What is man, that you have made him great, and that your attention is fixed on him,
What are human beings, that you make so much of them, that you set your mind on them,
"What is man, that You should exalt him, That You should set Your heart on him,
What [is] man
that thou shouldest magnify
him? and that thou shouldest set
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you make so much
of them, and that
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1 tn The verse is a rhetorical question; it is intended to mean that man is too little for God to be making so much over him in all this.
2 tn The Piel verb is a factitive meaning “to magnify.” The English word “magnify” might not be the best translation here, for God, according to Job, is focusing inordinately on him. It means to magnify in thought, appreciate, think highly of. God, Job argues, is making too much of mankind by devoting so much bad attention on them.
3 tn The expression “set your heart on” means “concentrate your mind on” or “pay attention to.”