Psa 16:10; chasideycha

Numberup at Numberup at
Thu Dec 2 12:16:30 EST 1999

I have two copies of the standard (Ben Asher) text used by Jewish translations which
have the extra yod, ("chasideykha") but with the note that it should be read without
it ("chasidkha").  These two texts are found in "Tehillim," published by Mesorah
Publications, and "The Soncino Books of the Bible: The Psalms."  In both instances,
these Jewish translators followed the singular reading and translated "Your devout
one" and "Thy godly one," respectively.

I believe the Ben Asher text dates from the 10th century, C.E., but every modern
Jewish translation I have  translates in the singular, "chasidkha."  It is also
translated as a singular in the pre-Christian version produced by Jews in the 2nd
century BCE, the Greek Septuagint, which has "ton hosion," Your holy/loyal one."

Solomon Landers
Memra Institute for Biblical Research

peter_kirk at wrote:

> The BHS text at this point in Psalm 16:10 is X:ASIYD:KF (in your
> transliteration this would be chasidkha), which is singular - no yod
> before the -kha ending. There is no textual note in BHS, and no note
> in HOTTP or the Word commentary. But are there other MSS, printed
> editions or translations which have a plural here? Could this be a
> correction, or an interpretation, to get away from the Christian
> understanding of this verse, in Acts 13:35?
> Peter Kirk
> ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________
> Subject: Psa 16:10; chasideycha
> Author:  <devious at> at Internet
> Date:    30/11/1999 00:00
> Greetings,
> Could someone point me in the right direction with this, I am not a Hebrew
> scholar.
> Isn't chasideycha plural? And if it plural then why is it translated in the
> singular?
> Gratefully,
> Lee Deavers
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