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Job 9:34-35

Context

9:34 who 1  would take his 2  rod 3  away from me

so that his terror 4  would not make me afraid.

9:35 Then 5  would I speak and not fear him,

but it is not so with me. 6 

1 tn The verse probably continues the description from the last verse, and so a relative pronoun may be supplied here as well.

2 tn According to some, the reference of this suffix would be to God. The arbiter would remove the rod of God from Job. But others take it as a separate sentence with God removing his rod.

3 sn The “rod” is a symbol of the power of God to decree whatever judgments and afflictions fall upon people.

4 tn “His terror” is metonymical; it refers to the awesome majesty of God that overwhelms Job and causes him to be afraid.

5 tn There is no conjunction with this cohortative; but the implication from the context is that if God’s rod were withdrawn, if the terror were removed, then Job would speak up without fear.

6 tn The last half of the verse is rather cryptic: “but not so I with me.” NIV renders it “but as it now stands with me, I cannot.” This is very smooth and interpretive. Others transpose the two halves of the verse to read, “Since it is not so, I with myself // will commune and not fear him.” Job would be saying that since he cannot contend with God on equal terms, and since there is no arbiter, he will come on his own terms. English versions have handled this differently: “for I know I am not what I am thought to be” (NEB); “since this is not the case with me” (NAB); “I do not see myself like that at all” (JB).



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