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

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Wed Dec 29 22:28:36 EST 2004


Ignore other translations and traditions, what are the grammatical reasons not to read:

M(YNTYK as a simple plural of (YN meaning eyes? Almost all the time (YN is in dual. But is it not a feminine noun, so the simple plural would end in -WT ? Correct me if I am wrong.

That would make the translation "Be dispersed away from your eyes outwards into the broad streets (broad areas?) the channels of water", in other words a poetic way of saying not to look at other sources, so within the context not to be looking at other women?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Harold R. Holmyard III" <hholmyard at ont.com>
> HH: The NIV takes it as a question, as does the HCSB. This goes 
> back at least as far as the ASV. The problem is that taken as a 
> declaration, Prov 5:16 would seem to contradict both 5:15 and 5:17, 
> the verses before and after it. They suggest the value of privacy 
> and guarding what is one's own, not letting it pour out in the 
> public streets:
> Prov. 5:15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from 
> your own well.
> Prov. 5:16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your 
> streams of water in the public squares?
> Prov. 5:17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
> 				Yours,
> 				Harold Holmyard
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