Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Job 26

A brief respite, filled with very modern skepticism. There is no extreme of the human condition that is not in these records of our ancestors. While my children are in the antipodes, it is interesting to see the northern bias. Why is north up?

Job 26
וַיַּ֥עַן אִיּ֗וֹב וַיֹּאמַֽר 1 And Job answered and said, 8
מֶה־עָזַ֥רְתָּ לְלֹא־כֹ֑חַ
ה֝וֹשַׁ֗עְתָּ זְר֣וֹעַ לֹא־עֹֽז
2 How you help one of no power.
You have saved an arm of no strength.
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מַה־יָּ֭עַצְתָּ לְלֹ֣א חָכְמָ֑ה
וְ֝תוּשִׁיָּ֗ה לָרֹ֥ב הוֹדָֽעְתָּ
3 How you advise one of no wisdom,
and the enterprise of of the multitude you make known.
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אֶת־מִ֭י הִגַּ֣דְתָּ מִלִּ֑ין
וְנִשְׁמַת־מִ֝י יָצְאָ֥ה מִמֶּֽךָּ
4 To whom have you announced speeches?
And whose breath exits from you?
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הָרְפָאִ֥ים יְחוֹלָ֑לוּ
מִתַּ֥חַת מַ֝֗יִם וְשֹׁכְנֵיהֶֽם
5 The physicians writhe,
under waters, and those dwelling with them.
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עָר֣וֹם שְׁא֣וֹל נֶגְדּ֑וֹ
וְאֵ֥ין כְּ֝ס֗וּת לָֽאֲבַדּֽוֹן
6 Naked is Sheol before him,
and there is no covering to Abaddon.
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נֹטֶ֣ה צָפ֣וֹן עַל־תֹּ֑הוּ
תֹּ֥לֶה אֶ֝֗רֶץ עַל־בְּלִי־מָֽה
7 He stretches out the north over disorder,
hanging earth on nothing whatever.
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צֹרֵֽר־מַ֥יִם בְּעָבָ֑יו
וְלֹא־נִבְקַ֖ע עָנָ֣ן תַּחְתָּֽם
8 He troubles waters in his thick could,
and a cloud is not split under them.
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מְאַחֵ֥ז פְּנֵי־כִסֵּ֑ה
פַּרְשֵׁ֖ז עָלָ֣יו עֲנָנֽוֹ
9 He grasps the face of a throne,
to unfurl over it his cloud,
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חֹֽק־חָ֭ג עַל־פְּנֵי־מָ֑יִם
עַד־תַּכְלִ֖ית א֣וֹר עִם־חֹֽשֶׁךְ
10 A decree ambient over the face of the waters,
till the consummations of light with darkness.
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עַמּוּדֵ֣י שָׁמַ֣יִם יְרוֹפָ֑פוּ
וְ֝יִתְמְה֗וּ מִגַּעֲרָתֽוֹ
11 The pillars of the heavens convulse,
and are astonished from his rebuke.
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בְּ֭כֹחוֹ רָגַ֣ע הַיָּ֑ם
וּ֝בִתְבוּנָת֗וֹ מָ֣חַץ רָֽהַב
12 By his power uneasy is the sea,
and with acumen he wounds Rahab.
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בְּ֭רוּחוֹ שָׁמַ֣יִם שִׁפְרָ֑ה
חֹֽלֲלָ֥ה יָ֝ד֗וֹ נָחָ֥שׁ בָּרִֽיחַ
13 In his spirit the heavens glisten.
His hand birthed the snake that runs away.
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הֶן־אֵ֤לֶּה ׀ קְצ֬וֹת דְּרָכָ֗יו וּמַה־שֵּׁ֣מֶץ דָּ֭בָר נִשְׁמַע־בּ֑וֹ
וְרַ֥עַם גְּ֝בוּרוֹתָ֗יו‬ מִ֣י יִתְבּוֹנָֽן ס
14 Lo these are the extremes of his way, and how a tad of a word is heard in him,
but the thunder of his valour who understands?
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