Your sons or your Builder? (Is 62:5)

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at
Sun Jul 7 22:19:50 EDT 2002

I think we have here a couple of puns: it's both "builders" and
"sons," and it's both "marry" and "take ownership of"/"possess".
Just as a young man "marries"/"takes ownership" of a virgin (!)
Your "sons"/"builders" will "marry"/"possess"/"take ownership" of you.
Your sons, and not a stranger, will possess you.
And by doing it, they become your builders.
My son is my "builder" when he marries and brings my grandchildren into the
All this can be read on many levels.
  -----Original Message-----
  From: Polycarp66 at [mailto:Polycarp66 at]
  Sent: Sun, July 07, 2002 9:03 PM
  To: Biblical Hebrew
  Subject: Re: Your sons or your Builder? (Is 62:5)

  In a message dated 7/7/2002 9:58:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
tony.larsson at writes:

    * Does anyone have any comments on which reading of BNYK is preferable
      or probable, sons or Builder? Which did Isiah (and the Holy Spirit)
      have in mind when writing the text?

    * Any thought about what motivations the scribes had for vocalising BNYK
      as "sons"?

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