Deut. 32: 6 -qnk

Charles David Isbell cisbell at
Sat Oct 7 09:49:58 EDT 2000

Dear Jonathan,
By analogy with the `asekha just two words later, the root would appear to
be Q-N-H [originally Y].  But the better possibility may be that the root
here should be Quf-Nun-'Alef [see BHS].
As it stands, the form is pausal because of the Zaqeph Qaton.  This pulls
the accent forward from the suffix, and places the open syllable with Quf
adjacent to an accented syllable.
Hope this helps.
Tzom Qal be-Yom Kippur ha-Ba'.
Charles David Isbell
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jonathan D. Safren" <yonsaf at>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at>
Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2000 7:59 AM
Subject: Deut. 32: 6 -qnk

> While chanting the Weekly Portion in the synagogue today, I came across
> the word QNK in Deut. 32:6, which I know is vocalized with a qametz
> gadol/segol/qametz, even though the Q appears to be an open syllable.
> I can't remember why, and I can't find the explanation in my books on
> the accent marks (maybe I don't know what to look for).
> Can someone help me out on this one.
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> Jonathan D. Safren
> Dept. of Biblical Studies
> Beit Berl College
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