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Job 23:13


But he is unchangeable, 1  and who can change 2  him? Whatever he 3  has desired, he does.


Nu 23:19,20; Job 9:12,13; Job 11:10; Job 12:14; Job 34:29; Ps 115:3; Ps 135:6; Pr 19:21; Ec 1:15; Ec 3:14; Isa 14:24-27; Isa 46:10; Da 4:35; Ro 9:19; Eph 1:9-11; Jas 1:17

NET © Notes

tc The MT has “But he [is] in one.” Many add the word “mind” to capture the point that God is resolute and unchanging. Some commentators find this too difficult, and so change the text from בְאֶחָד (bÿekhad, here “unchangeable”) to בָחָר (bakhar, “he has chosen”). The wording in the text is idiomatic and should be retained. R. Gordis (Job, 262) translates it “he is one, i.e., unchangeable, fixed, determined.” The preposition בּ (bet) is a bet essentiae – “and he [is] as one,” or “he is one” (see GKC 379 §119.i).

tn Heb “cause him to return.”

tn Or “his soul.”

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