Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Job 20:10

Context
NETBible

His sons must recompense 1  the poor; his own hands 2  must return his wealth.

XREF

Ex 9:2; Ex 12:36; Ex 22:1,3; 2Sa 12:6; Job 20:18; Ps 109:10; Pr 6:31; Pr 28:3; Lu 19:8

NET © Notes

tn The early versions confused the root of this verb, taking it from רָצַץ (ratsats, “mistreat”) and not from רָצָה (ratsah, “be please with”). So it was taken to mean, “Let inferiors destroy his children.” But the verb is רָצָה (ratsah). This has been taken to mean “his sons will seek the favor of the poor.” This would mean that they would be reduced to poverty and need help from even the poor. Some commentators see this as another root רָצָה (ratsah) meaning “to compensate; to restore” wealth their father had gained by impoverishing others. This fits the parallelism well, but not the whole context that well.

tn Some commentators are surprised to see “his hands” here, thinking the passage talks about his death. Budde changed it to “his children,” by altering one letter. R. Gordis argued that “hand” can mean offspring, and so translated it that way without changing anything in the text (“A note on YAD,” JBL 62 [1943]: 343).



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