[b-hebrew] Eccl. 4:10

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Sat Jul 17 13:58:47 EDT 2004


On Saturday 17 July 2004 11:34, Harold R. Holmyard III wrote:
> Dear Dave,
>
> >Verse 9 says that two are better than one because they will get a better
> >recompense for their work.  Then verse 10 says, if one falls the other can
> >lift him up.  But "falls" is plural, YIP.OLU., yet it's paired with the
> >subject HF)EXAD.  Any thoughts on why on earth this verb is in plural?
>
> HH: The plural emphasizes the idea that both of them could fall. The
> protection is for both of them, since no matter who falls, there will
> be somebody to pick the other up.

Okay, exegetically that makes sense...I guess.  I'm wondering about 
grammatically.  I haven't looked into this; anybody know of other examples 
of )EXAD with a plural verb?

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Dave Washburn
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