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Job 23:11-12


23:11 My feet 1  have followed 2  his steps closely;

I have kept to his way and have not turned aside. 3 

23:12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips;

I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my allotted portion. 4 

1 tn Heb “my foot.”

2 tn Heb “held fast.”

3 tn The last clause, “and I have not turned aside,” functions adverbially in the sentence. The form אָט (’at) is a pausal form of אַתֶּה (’atteh), the Hiphil of נָטָה (natah, “stretch out”).

4 tc The form in the MT (מֵחֻקִּי, mekhuqqi) means “more than my portion” or “more than my law.” An expanded meaning results in “more than my necessary food” (see Ps 119:11; cf. KJV, NASB, ESV). HALOT 346 s.v. חֹק 1 indicates that חֹק (khoq) has the meaning of “portion” and is here a reference to “what is appointed for me.” The LXX and the Latin versions, along with many commentators, have בְּחֵקִי (bÿkheqi, “in my bosom”).

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