[b-hebrew] Prov 21:4
Ben and Jo Crick
ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Tue Jul 15 17:22:34 EDT 2003
On Tue 15 Jul 2003 (12:44:04), jwest wrote:
> "ner" can here be vocalized as "tillage" or "lamp". Neither is really
> very clear here, though "tillage" makes sense in the second cola- yet
> the cola doesn't match up with the first. And lamp... how can a lamp
> be wicked or sin?
The word NiR occurs again in Proverbs 31:18 (NeRaHh in pause with the 3fs
pronominal suffix), of the diligent wife whose *lamp* burns all night as she
labours on, burning the midnight oil, earning revenue for the family with her
By contrast, the "lamp of the wicked" (NiR R:$a`iYM in 21:4) is burning all
night whilst the baddies plot their nefarious deeds in the thieves' kitchen.
This understanding makes sense of the parallelism in 21:4 too.
Just a thought FWIW,
Revd Ben Crick BA CF, and Mrs Joanna (Goodwin) Crick
<ben.crick at argonet.co.uk>
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