3 But I wish to speak[a] to the Almighty,[b] and I desire to argue[c] my case[d] with God.
Job 13:3tn The verb is simply the Piel imperfect אֲדַבֵּר (ʾadabber, “I speak”). It should be classified as a desiderative imperfect, saying, “I desire to speak.” This is reinforced with the verb “to wish, desire” in the second half of the verse.
Job 13:3tn The Hebrew title for God here is אֶל־שַׁדַּי (ʾel shadday, “El Shaddai”).
Job 13:3tn The infinitive absolute functions here as the direct object of the verb “desire” (see GKC 340 §113.b).
Job 13:3tn The infinitive הוֹכֵחַ (hokheakh) is from the verb יָכַח (yakhakh), which means “to argue, plead, debate.” It has the legal sense here of arguing a case (cf. 5:17).
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