[b-hebrew] Proverbs 5:16 - a declaration or a question ?
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Thu Dec 30 21:47:20 EST 2004
>>HH: PUC means be dispersed, be scattered.
>If it can only mean precisely that, then the traditional
>interpretation is just as impossible as you consider Karl's to be.
>Just as "Nobody disperses channels of water away from someone's
>eyes", nobody disperses or scatters springs outwards. I suppose
>springs may be dispersed in geographical location, but that cannot
>work as any kind of modal as their geographical locations are fixed.
>So we have to work with some kind of extension of the meaning. In
>the context of water from springs, the metaphorical extenstion from
>the spring water being dispersed i.e. not welling up in distinct
>springs to the springs drying up seems to me a rather probable one.
HH: There is no problem with the verb meaning "be dispersed." It is a
metonymy. The springs signify the water that comes from the springs.
The NIV has it correctly:
Should your springs overflow in the streets,
The HCSB has:
Should your springs flow in the streets.
The more free NLT has:
Why spill the water of your springs in public, having sex with just anyone?
HH: The Amplified is interpretive and says:
16 Should your offspring be dispersed abroad as water brooks in the streets?
HH: The ESV has:
Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
HH: The NKJV has:
16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
HH: This is a significant change, since the KJV had this verse as a
declarative, not an interrogative sentence. The NKJV made
interpretive changes only where they felt it was absolutely necessary
to do so.
HH: The NAB has:
How may your water sources be dispersed abroad, streams of water in
HH: The RSV and NRSV have:
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets?
HH: The New Century Version turned the rhetorical question into a
simple negative, showing that they interpreted the original as a
16 Don't pour your water in the streets; don't give your love to just
HH: The Contemporary English Version did the same thing:
And don't be like a stream from which just any woman may take a drink.
HH: And the Message implies the same rhetorical question turned into
a positive statement:
16 It's true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your
barrel empty and your well polluted.
HH: I am quite confident of the meaning.
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