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Job 18:8-10


18:8 For he has been thrown into a net by his feet 1 

and he wanders into a mesh. 2 

18:9 A trap 3  seizes him by the heel;

a snare 4  grips him.

18:10 A rope is hidden for him 5  on the ground

and a trap for him 6  lies on the path.

1 tn See Ps 25:15.

2 tn The word שְׂבָכָה (sÿvakhah) is used in scripture for the lattice window (2 Kgs 1:2). The Arabic cognate means “to be intertwined.” So the term could describe a net, matting, grating, or lattice. Here it would be the netting stretched over a pit.

3 tn This word פָּח (pakh) specifically refers to the snare of the fowler – thus a bird trap. But its plural seems to refer to nets in general (see Job 22:10).

4 tn This word does not occur elsewhere. But another word from the same root means “plait of hair,” and so this term has something to do with a net like a trellis or lattice.

5 tn Heb “his rope.” The suffix must be a genitive expressing that the trap was for him, to trap him, and so an objective genitive.

6 tn Heb “his trap.” The pronominal suffix is objective genitive here as well.

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