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Job 32:7-8


32:7 I said to myself, ‘Age 1  should speak, 2 

and length of years 3  should make wisdom known.’

32:8 But it is a spirit in people,

the breath 4  of the Almighty,

that makes them understand.

1 tn Heb “days.”

2 tn The imperfect here is to be classified as an obligatory imperfect.

3 tn Heb “abundance of years.”

4 tn This is the word נְשָׁמָה (nÿshamah, “breath”); according to Gen 2:7 it was breathed into Adam to make him a living person (“soul”). With that divine impartation came this spiritual understanding. Some commentators identify the רוּחַ (ruakh) in the first line as the Spirit of God; this “breath” would then be the human spirit. Whether Elihu knew that much, however, is hard to prove.

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