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

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Wed Dec 29 22:59:06 EST 2004


Dear Karl,

>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?

HH: The verb "dispersed" is a Qal 3mp imperfect, not a 2mp 
imperative. So the phrase M(YNTYK is the subject of the verb.

					Yours,
					Harold Holmyard




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