Equivalent Of And Unto As The Meaning

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equivalent of “to” or “unto” as the meaning. In other words, Job repeatedly addressed God while the friends never made any appeal whatsoever on behalf of Job to the God Whom they were at pains to defend. Sidebar - For a survey of the usage of dibber plus el in the Hebrew Bible along with the
Septuagint and Targum readings, see Elaine Phillips, “Speaking Truthfully: Job’s Friends and Job,”
Bulletin for Biblical Research 18.1 (2007): 31-43. God’s two declarations in Job 42:7,8 are “framed” by the same grammatical structure meaning “speak to.” Job 42:7a reads “After the LORD spoke these words to Job…” and Job 42:9b indicates that the friends “…did as the LORD had spoken to them…”.
It is also necessary to address the implications of speaking “the truth” or “rightly.” What Job had said to
God was nekhonah, possibly in his choice of “Addressee,” in how he said it, and/or in its content.
Sidebar - The verbal root of nekhonah means “to be set, established, or fixed.” In Psalm 5:10 [Hebrew;
5:9 English], nekhonah clearly refers to “that which is right.” Here it might also have the implication that the friends had not spoken to God what is right. It is equally possible, however, to read this as an adverb, meaning “to have spoken correctly.” In sum, it may be that God declared unequivocally (two times) that speaking correctly meant speaking to him, and in the process properly representing both
Job’s situation and God himself. Job did so; the friends did not, suggesting that, in…
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