[B-Greek] Pr 10:11

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 7 02:36:15 EDT 2010

πηγὴ ζωῆς ἐν χειρὶ δικαίου, στόμα δὲ ἀσεβοῦς καλύψει ἀπώλεια. 

It is true that the MT here reads פִּי צַדִּיק PiY CaD.iYQ "the mouth of the 
righteous", but there are a number of places where the MT and the LXX diverge.  
In some of these we find from the Dead Sea Scrolls that there was a textform 
which approached that of the LXX in some places (or the Samaritan Pentateuch) so 
it could be that there was a text which read thus in Hebrew.  It is entirely 
possible that due to poetic parallelismus membrorum the LXX might be the 
original reading which was assimilated to the second stich for that reason.  I 
don't mean to maintain that such was the case, but the more we learn the more we 
find that we don't know.  It could also be that the LXX changed it because "the 
mouth of the righteous" is not effective in the way that the divine speech is 
effective in calling things into existence.  Man acts with his hand.


… search for truth, hear truth, 
learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth, 
defend the truth till death.

- Jan Hus

From: Pere Porta <pporta7 at gmail.com>
To: greek B-Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tue, July 6, 2010 10:44:08 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Pr 10:11

I read Pr 10:11 in both the Hebrew and the Greek translation LXX and I
remark that the Greek has CEIRI, "hand", as an equivalence for the Hebrew
"mouth" (peh, construct pi).

"The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the
mouth of the wicked" (KJV)
Is there a good reason to explain this so strong change from Hebrew to

Pere Porta
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