the "outsider" who is unknown in the community; it is parallel to the "alien" (yrkn). It is as such an out-
sider that Job's maidservants reckon him. Once again, Job's complaint is phrased in such a way that he himself is designated by a frequent enemy designation. Job finds himself in the situation of an enemy.147
The other appearance of the stranger is at Job 19:27.
Whom I shall see for myself and my eyes shall see
and not a stranger.
My kidneys are spent within me. There is some question as to whether the "stranger" should be taken to refer to God149 or to some other person instead of Job.150 If the first option be accepted, then Job is wishing for the day when he will behold God as his Redeemer (v. 25) and not as the divine stranger who presently con- fronts him. More probably, however, rz, should be taken
147 Cf. 13:24; 19:11; 33:10 and the discussion above on the byvx in Job.
Emend vxr to vxry; yod has been lost through
haplography; cf. G. Fohrer, Das Buch Hiob (Gutersloh: Gutersloh Verlagshaus G. Mohn 1963), p. 309; G. Holscher, Das Buch Hiob (Tubingen: Mohr, 1937), p. 46.
149 150 So apparently Pope, p. 139. So Gordis, pp. 198, 207; cf. also Holscher, p. 46; Fohrer, p. 322; and E. Dhorme, A Commentary on the Book of Job, trans. by H. Knight (London: Nelson, 1967), p. 286, who leave their comments almost as ambivalent as MT on the
identity of the rz, but on careful reading seem to favor this interpretation.