Thursday, January 14, 2016

Job 25 - Bildad's last stand

Poor Bildad, only 6 verses. Stephen Mitchell (Harper Perennial 1979) rearranges the speeches of the third round to give a little more to Bildad. He gives him verses from Job's response in chapter 26. But I doubt it is possible to sort out the confusion in the third round of speeches.

Anyway - another short chapter done! You can still tell it's poetry. And we hear all these objections to faith today. I don't think Bildad should be tidied up.

Job 25
וַ֭יַּעַן בִּלְדַּ֥ד הַשֻּׁחִ֗י וַיֹּאמַֽר 1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite and said, 11
הַמְשֵׁ֣ל וָפַ֣חַד עִמּ֑וֹ
עֹשֶׂ֥ה שָׁ֝ל֗וֹם בִּמְרוֹמָֽיו
2 The governance and dread are with him.
He makes peace in his exaltation.
7
7
הֲיֵ֣שׁ מִ֭סְפָּר לִגְדוּדָ֑יו
וְעַל־מִ֝֗י לֹא־יָק֥וּם אוֹרֵֽהוּ
3 Is there count of his raiding parties?
and over whom does his light not arise?
7
9
וּמַה־יִּצְדַּ֣ק אֱנ֣וֹשׁ עִם־אֵ֑ל
וּמַה־יִּ֝זְכֶּ֗ה יְל֣וּד אִשָּֽׁה
4 And how is a mortal to be justified with the One
or how clear is one born of woman?
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8
הֵ֣ן עַד־יָ֭רֵחַ וְלֹ֣א יַאֲהִ֑יל
וְ֝כוֹכָבִ֗ים לֹא־זַכּ֥וּ בְעֵינָֽיו
5 Lo, to the moon and it does not radiate.
And stars are not vibrant in his eyes.
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10
אַ֭ף כִּֽי־אֱנ֣וֹשׁ רִמָּ֑ה
וּבֶן־אָ֝דָ֗ם תּוֹלֵעָֽה פ
6 Indeed that the mortal maggot,
and the child of humus... a worm... P
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