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Commentary on Job

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3.1–26 : Job's curse of the day of his birth

consists of the curse proper (vv. 3–10 ) and a long lament (vv. 11–26 ). Cf. Jer 20.14–18 .

8 :

Those who are skilled to rouse up Leviathan are professional diviners, experts in rendering effective curses. Leviathan, both in the Bible (Job 41; Ps 74.14; Isa 27.1; see also Job 7.12; Isa 51.9; Hab 3.8 ) and in other ancient Near Eastern literature, is a sea monster representing cosmic chaos. The threat to the cosmos is evident, too, in the darkening of the skies (vv. 4–6,9 ).

13–19 :

In death there is rest (vv. 13,17 ); cf. 14.13; Eccl 6.3–5; Sir 30.17 .

14 :

Cf. Isa 14.9 .

23 :

Fenced in, an ironic reprise of 1.10.

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