Job 40:19b behemoth

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Job 40:19b behemoth

Postby SteveMiller » Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:27 pm

Referring to the behemoth:
Job 40:19 He is the first of the ways of God. He that made him brings near his sword.
ה֭וּא רֵאשִׁ֣ית דַּרְכֵי־אֵ֑ל הָ֜עֹשׂוֹ יַגֵּ֥שׁ חַרְבּֽוֹ׃

I don't think the 2nd 1/2 of the verse makes sense. At least, It should say "brings near his sword to him, but there is no "to him".
LXX says something very different:
This is the chief of the creation of the Lord; made to be played with by his angels. (Job 40:19 LXE)
העשׂו could mean "who was made" as in Job 41:33 in the parallel section about leviathon, but that doesn't work with the following verb here in 40:19 in MT.

It seems the LXX saw a different Hebrew text for the 2nd 1/2 of the verse. Can anyone reverse translate the LXX back to Hebrew to something at all similar to the MT text? Maybe the LXX saw חֲבֵר֑וֹ (his friend) instead of חַרְבּֽוֹ "his sword"?

Sincerely yours,
Steve Miller
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