Psalm 8:5

Hebrew Bible

3 When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made, and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, 4 Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them? Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them? 5 You made them a little less than the heavenly beings. You crowned mankind with honor and majesty. 6 you appoint them to rule over your creation; you have placed everything under their authority, 7 including all the sheep and cattle, as well as the wild animals,

Job 19:9

Hebrew Bible

7 “If I cry out, ‘Violence!’ I receive no answer; I cry for help, but there is no justice. 8 He has blocked my way so I cannot pass and has set darkness over my paths. 9 He has stripped me of my honor and has taken the crown off my head. 10 He tears me down on every side until I perish; he uproots my hope like an uprooted tree. 11 Thus his anger burns against me, and he considers me among his enemies.

 Notes and References

"... As with Job, a tendency has developed in Psalms scholarship to read individual psalms and even the Psalter itself in their final form.95 I do not argue that the author of Job is alluding to the Psalter in its final form, so when and how individual psalms were gathered into the five-book collection in the Hebrew Bible does not affect this study. The actual original form of the psalms in question also is of limited relevance because only the form of the psalm to which the author of Job had access is important, whether that form is the result of a lengthy textual development or not. As Edward Greenstein observes, when a text in Job parallels one found elsewhere in the HB, whether the allusion is to that text in its present context or in an earlier source is unclear. Thus, since we can only know which sections of any given psalm were available to the author of Job by his allusions to them, I build my argument more on what Job and his friends mention than what they omit. However, this does not exclude consideration of the broader context of texts to which the author alludes. If several different parts of the same psalm appear in the book, such as Job’s references to both Psalm 8:5 (Job 7:17–18) and 8:6 (Job 19:9) along with the friends’ allusions to Psalm 8:4–6 in Job 15:14–16 and 25:5–6, then we may assume at least that much of the psalm existed together when he wrote ..."

Kynes, Will My Psalm Has Turned into Weeping: Job’s Dialogue with the Psalms (p. 35) De Gruyter, 2012

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