[b-hebrew] Psalm 4:7 nun samech heh instead of nun shin alef

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Mon Jul 12 11:50:50 EDT 2004


Dear Chris,

>In contrast to Numbers 6:26 where exactly the same intention is meant we
>have in Psalm 4:7 the only occurence of the word 'lift up' conveyed through
>the same word that means 'to prove, examine, test. ie nun-samech-heh instead
>of the expected nun-shin-alef.

HH: Delitzsch thought it was a mixture of nun-sin-alef with 
nun-samech-samech with the idea that the light was a banner promising 
victory and serving as a rallying point for the people. A simpler 
idea is that it is a spelling variant, the tact taken by two 
lexicons. There are a considerable number of such spelling variants 
in the OT, but not usually with two adjacent letters.

				Yours,
				Harold Holmyard




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