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

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Fri Dec 31 06:49:49 EST 2004

On 31/12/2004 02:47, Harold R. Holmyard III wrote:

> ...
> HH: There is no problem with the verb meaning "be dispersed." It is a 
> metonymy. ...

I agree that there is a metonymy or extended sense of the verb. The 
difference would be that a metonymy would be an occasional extension of 
the meaning, and an extended sense would be something regular. Well, I 
see three possible metonymies at work here: the one apparent in many of 
the following translations; the slightly different one proposed by Karl; 
and my suggested metonymy from "be dispersed" to "dry up". I wonder on 
what grounds, except for tradition, you can be so confident that your 
metonymy is the correct one.

> ... The springs signify the water that comes from the springs. The NIV 
> has it correctly:
> Should your springs overflow in the streets,
Correct, maybe, but not they don't necessarily recognise a metonymy. In 
BDB there are two different roots PWC, one glossed as "be dispersed, 
scattered", and the other as "flow, overflow", with this verse and Zec 
1:17 given as examples. But then this is more likely an extended sense 
than a separate root.

> The HCSB has:
> Should your springs flow in the streets.
The same applies here. Presumably the question mark has been dropped.

Peter Kirk
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