2 Kings 1:6

Henry Churchyard churchyh at ccwf.cc.utexas.edu
Tue Sep 28 16:23:18 EDT 1999

By the way, speaking of convoluted, 2 Kings 1:6 has four embedded
levels of quoting (five if you count the outermost narrative "And they
said to him" separately).  This was one of the guinea-pig verses in
chap 3 of my dissertation (though because of accentual complexity, not
quotational complexity).

And they said to him,

    "A man came up to us, and he said to us,

        `Go back to the king who sent you, and say to him,

              "Thus says the LORD:

                      `Is there no God in Israel that you must send to
                      inquire of Baal-Zebub the God of Ekron?  Therefore
                      the bed which you went up into, you shall not come
                      down out of it, but shall surely die.' " ' "

Can anyone think of a verse with even more embedded levels?

Henry Churchyard   churchyh at ccwf.cc.utexas.edu   http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/

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