[b-hebrew] Prov. 21:18
deborahmillier at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 24 23:08:52 EDT 2003
J. West wrote:
> Must we render kopher in
> the sense of "take the place"
> in order to render something
> like "the wicked take the
> place of the righteous"
> (in the same way that Haman
> took the place of Mordechai
> on the gallows)?
In what exact sense, I cannot say. But one thing's
for sure: the parallelism...
"v'tahat y'sharim boged"
...leaves little doubt that we have here a
*substitution* of the "rasha/boged for the
tzadiq/y'sharim. Can't worm our ways around that.
Interesting that the first hemistich features two
singulars (tzadiq and rasha) while the second has a
plural (y'sharim) and a singular (boged). Odd in one
sense, but it doesn't seem to affect the semantics at
all. Hmmmm, ...just thinking out loud. Thanks for
bringing up the verse, Jim.
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