if at math.bu.edu
Wed Apr 9 21:23:35 EDT 2008
No. This is not what is written and not what is meant by Job 42:6
עַל-כֵּן אֶמְאַס וְנִחַמְתִּי עַל-
What Job is saying is
"Therefore I will decay and be reposing on dust and ashes."
Job is foreseeing now his inevitable termination after admittedly
reaching the ultimate in beholding [my eye has seen you] God Himself.
This is parallel to the encounter in Exodus 33:20 between Moses and
God, where God is saying
וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא תוּכַל לִרְאֹת אֶת-
פָּנָי כִּי לֹא-יִרְאַנִי הָאָדָם
"But my face you cannot see, for no man sees me and still lives."
Isaac Fried, Boston University
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