Ezekiel 28:12b-13... Question or Statement?

Polycarp66 at aol.com Polycarp66 at aol.com
Tue May 7 01:06:41 EDT 2002

In a message dated 5/6/2002 9:27:46 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
info at valediction.com writes:

My question is in regard to the original Hebrew.  I know that puctuation
marks don't exist in the original... so how do you know whether your dealing
with a statement or a rhetorical question here in verses 12b-13 of Ezekiel

Note the introduction to the oracle:

BeN_)fDfM &f) QiYNfH (aL_MeLeK +oWR

And the word of Yahweh [came] to me saying,
"Son of man, take up a dirge over the King of Tyre"

or more colloquially,

The word of Yahweh to me was,
"Man, deliver a eulogy regarding the King of Tyre"

Would you expect a eulogy to be a question?

Moreover, the classic case of questioning is probably in Job 38-41.

Here we see 

38.2   MiY ZeH                          Who is this?
38.4    )"YPoH HfYiYTf               Where were you?
38.5   MiY_&fM                          Who established?
38.12  H:MiY.fMeKf  +iW.iYTf      Have you commanded in your days? [very FE 
                                                      or naturally -- Have 
you during your life . . .?]

We don't see these markers in Ezek 28.12


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