Ira Michaelson – Treasures from the Tanakh – Job 16:1-17:16

Again Job replies to his so-called friends but soon shifts his focus to God, pleading for somebody to testify on his behalf or else be allowed to die.

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  1. peter says

    Shalom Ira love your show treasures from the tanakh…was listening on your comments on the book Iyov, and i noticed that on verse 8 on chapter 17 you said it says Hypocrite..but what i notice is that on my hebrew bible the word there is cha.nef according the to Driver and briggs hebrew lexicon page 338 it says it means profane Irreligious, godless. I looked up another translation and it used the word apostate. In the koren bible it uses godless and the JPS i have uses the word Impious. although i know the king james uses hypocrite…so my question is which is it? or are these one of those hebrew words that are uknown as to its true meaning?

  2. Ira Michaelson says


    חנף is the root of the Hebrew we see in verse 8. The verb form could mean “profane,” “to be defiled,” “be godless.” However, remember those are verbs.

    What we see in our verse is חָנֵף which is an adjective based on that verbal root. In this case, besides the translations of “impious” and “godless,” it can also be translated as “hypocrite.”

    The possibility exists as well when looking at the different resources that there might be a distinction in these translations between Early & Middle Hebrew.

    Hope this helps.

    Shabbat Shalom,

  3. Will says

    intellectualism [ˌɪntɪˈlɛktʃʊəˌlɪzəm]
    1. development and exercise of the intellect
    2. the placing of excessive value on the intellect, esp with disregard for the emotions
    3. (Philosophy) Philosophy
    a. the doctrine that reason is the ultimate criterion of knowledge
    b. the doctrine that deliberate action is consequent on a process of conscious or subconscious reasoning.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    Let us not turn to the left or the right. The peripheral has always serve the worst of what human beings offer. I am greatful for the perspectives that are revealed by you all. Pray that our love doesn’t grow cold. Be strong! Be strong! Let us be strengthened! Job, ~sigh~ Thank you for the lessons.

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