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Job 22:13-14

Context

22:13 But you have said, ‘What does God know?

Does he judge through such deep darkness? 1 

22:14 Thick clouds are a veil for him, so he does not see us, 2 

as he goes back and forth

in the vault 3  of heaven.’ 4 

1 sn Eliphaz is giving to Job the thoughts and words of the pagans, for they say, “How does God know, and is there knowledge in the Most High?” (see Ps 73:11; 94:11).

2 tn Heb “and he does not see.” The implied object is “us.”

3 sn The word is “circle; dome”; here it is the dome that covers the earth, beyond which God sits enthroned. A. B. Davidson (Job, 165) suggests “on the arch of heaven” that covers the earth.

4 sn The idea suggested here is that God is not only far off, but he is unconcerned as he strolls around heaven – this is what Eliphaz says Job means.



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