34:14 If God 1 were to set his heart on it, 2
and gather in his spirit and his breath,
34:15 all flesh would perish together
and human beings would return to dust.
1 tn Heb “he”; the referent (God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tc This is the reading following the Qere. The Kethib and the Syriac and the LXX suggest a reading יָשִׂים (yasim, “if he [God] recalls”). But this would require leaving out “his heart,” and would also require redividing the verse to make “his spirit” the object. It makes better parallelism, but may require too many changes.