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Job 31:34


because I was terrified 1  of the great multitude, 2  and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I remained silent and would not go outdoors – 3 


Ex 23:2; Ex 32:27; Nu 25:14,15; Ne 5:7; Ne 13:4-8,28; Es 4:11,14; Job 22:8; Job 34:19; Pr 24:11,12; Pr 29:25; Jer 38:4,5,16,19; Am 5:11-13; Mic 7:3; Mt 27:20-26; 2Co 5:16

NET © Notes

tn Here too the verb will be the customary imperfect – it explains what he continually did in past time.

tn Heb “the great multitude.” But some commentators take רַבָּה (rabbah) adverbially: “greatly” (see RSV).

sn There is no clear apodosis for all these clauses. Some commentators transfer the verses around to make them fit the constructions. But the better view is that there is no apodosis – that Job broke off here, feeling it was useless to go further. Now he will address God and not men. But in vv. 38-40b he does return to a self-imprecation. However, there is not sufficient reason to start rearranging all the verses.

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