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

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Thu Dec 30 13:09:20 EST 2004

Dear Karl,

>The verb is plural third person, but the subject is PLGY MYM.
>M(YNTYK cannot be the subject, as it has a prefixed M- short for MN 
>which can never be the subject of the verb.

HH: It only has a prefixed MN in your interpretation. You know that 
you are ignoring the standard meaning for the term given in all 
translations I've seen. So why push such obscurantist logic? The word 
means "spring," and the M is part of the noun, not a prefix.

					Harold Holmyard

>Karl W. Randolph.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Harold R. Holmyard III" <hholmyard at ont.com>
>>  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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