[b-hebrew] Job 37:3

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Fri Oct 24 10:17:19 EDT 2008

Dear B-Hebrew haburim:
This verse has what seems to me to be an unusual form of a word, namely
Y$RHW. It looks as if it is from the noun Y$RH, but with the masculine
suffix it then should be Y$RTW, or if a lamed-he verb, the normal form
should be Y$RYTW. Though I noticed that in Genesis 22:13 that (LH has the
name form, so it's not unheard of.

If it is a noun, then the verb would be TXT. To fit the context from the
previous verse, would that not be the verb XTT "to be paralyzed from fear",
or to fit the following half verse from XTH "to rake coals together"?
(Raking coals together would be to make a bright flame.)

If it is a verb, then it is a happax legomai, then the question is what does
it mean? The gloss supplied from the dictionaries I consulted doesn't seem
to fit the context. The LXX translators seemed to think that it was from the
root as $RR, which has the meaning of chaining down, being a prince (law

What do you all think? Are there any clues from cognate languages that fit
the context?

Karl W. Randolph.

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