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

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Dec 26 17:46:34 EST 2004

Shalom Steven,

I see no reason at all to read this as a question.

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From: "Schmuel" <schmuel at escape.com>
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Subject: [b-hebrew] Proverbs 5:16 - a declaration or a question ?

> 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
>     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
> In fact, Gill quotes both the Targum and Ibn Ezra as fitting this
>     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 ?
> Shalom,
> Steven Avery
> Queens, NY
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