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Job 31:17-18


31:17 If I ate my morsel of bread myself,

and did not share any of it with orphans 1 

31:18 but from my youth I raised the orphan 2  like a father,

and from my mother’s womb 3 

I guided the widow! 4 

1 tn Heb “and an orphan did not eat from it.”

2 tn Heb “he grew up with me.” Several commentators have decided to change the pronoun to “I,” and make it causative.

3 tn The expression “from my mother’s womb” is obviously hyperbolic. It is a way of saying “all his life.”

4 tn Heb “I guided her,” referring to the widow mentioned in v. 16.

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