[b-hebrew] Proverbs 5:16 - a declaration or a question ?

Schmuel schmuel at escape.com
Sun Dec 26 17:33:20 EST 2004

Hi b-hebrew,

     I have a question about determining whether a verse is a declaration, or a question.

Proverbs 5:16 (KJB)
Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. 

    In some modern translations, this is switched to a question, as it is believed to fit the 
context better.  (However, John Gill and some others explain the verse as being a 
reference to children, descendents, which would leave it as a declarative sentence.
In fact, Gill quotes both the Targum and Ibn Ezra as fitting this understanding.)

    Independent of the contextual issues, are their clues in the Hebrew grammar or 
construction that would indicate which way this verse is mentioned ?  Or is it purely
a contextual issue ?

Steven Avery
Queens, NY

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