Job 10:8-11

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This is one of the places where the Bible describes all of humankind as made from the dust.

Your hands fashioned and made me;
    and now you turn and destroy me.[a]
Remember that you fashioned me like clay;
    and will you turn me to dust again?
10 Did you not pour me out like milk
    and curdle me like cheese?
11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,
    and knit me together with bones and sinews.

[a] Cn Compare Gk Syr: Heb made me together all around, and you destroy me
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.

NET Bible

“Your hands have shaped me and made me,
but now you destroy me completely.
Remember that you have made me as with the clay;
will you return me to dust?
10 Did you not pour me out like milk,
and curdle me like cheese?
11 You clothed me with skin and flesh
and knit me together with bones and sinews.

"Made and fashioned" or "fashioned and made"?

It's "made/hewed/cut out" ('atsav) and "made/done/fashioned" (עָשָׂה –asah)!
For the second verb asah, see Created, Formed and Made — it's the general word for "do". Here is the NET Bible translators' note on the first verb:

tn The root עָצַב ('atsav) is linked by some to an Arabic word meaning "to cut out, hew." The derived word עֲצַבִּים ('atsabbim) means "idols." Whatever the precise meaning, the idea is that God formed or gave shape to mankind in creation.


See Theistic Embryology.

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