Eze 23:34 "to gnaw its earthenware"
Peter_R_Kirk at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 27 04:03:24 EST 2002
This sounds to me like a picture of someone so determined to get every
drop of liquid out of a cup that they try to suck the liquid out of the
porous earthenware itself - in the same way that a dog might try to suck
the goodness out of a bone by gnawwing it.
Is it still viable to understand GRM piel, following BDB, as "break
(bones)" rather than "gnaw", here and in Numbers 24:8? This is obviously
preferred by several of the modern versions you cite.
peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matthew Anstey [mailto:ansteyfamily at optusnet.com.au]
> Sent: 27 November 2002 15:15
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: [b-hebrew] Eze 23:34 "to gnaw its earthenware"
> Hi all,
> Can anyone shed any light on the phrase in Ezekiel 23:34, "and you
> gnaw (GRM) its [the cup's] earthenware (CHERESH)"?
> In preparing this entry for SDBH, I have written the following draft
> footnote. Any comments are welcome.
> The meaning of the phrase ואת־חרשׁיה תגרמי is uncertain. Ancient
> Versions: Targum Jonathan emends to ותגמרין "and you will make an end
> of"; LXX reads as ואת־חדשׁיה גמרתי "and her new moons I will take
> Syriac freely renders "you will cut off your hair". Modern Versions:
> RSV: "and pluck out your hair"; NJV: "And gnaw its shards"; NJB: "then
> you will break it in pieces"; TEV: "and with its broken pieces"; CEV:
> "Then smash the cup to pieces". HOTTP recommends following MT as
> follows: "and you will chew on its broken pieces". Several versions
> implicitly or explicitly suggest that the broken pieces of the pottery
> cup are what is used to lacerate the breasts ושׁדיך תנתּקי as the
> continues. Following the MT, one can surmise that the metaphor of
> gnawing the pottery cup (of affliction and desolation v.33) represents
> With regards,
> Matthew Anstey
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