[b-hebrew] Proverbs 26:21 hoarse?

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Sep 26 17:16:48 EDT 2003

Whoops, found a mistake in my original posting.

LXRXR RYB is not necessarily an adjective, in fact it is more likely two nouns, literally meaning “hoarseness of argument” if my understanding is correct. The proposed understanding and translation remain unchanged.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>

> To All:
> Assuming the first part means “argument”, what does XRXR mean? It is a hapax legomai word. One dictionary claims it is a pilpal verb from XRR. But a verbal form does not fit the pattern of the rest of the verse. From the pattern, I’m looking for an adjective for RYB. I agree that its root is XRR which means “to parch” used in Psalm 69:4 to indicate a throat becoming “parched”, i.e. hoarse from calling out, so is this heated argument so loud and protracted that its participants become hoarse?
> A proposed translation of the whole verse could read, “Charcoal is to embers and wood is to fire as a judgmental man is to protracted arguments (lit. hoarse arguments)”.
> Any thoughts?
> Karl W. Randolph.
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