[b-hebrew] Proverbs 21:14 KPH
dwashbur at nyx.net
Wed Jul 21 21:13:55 EDT 2004
On Wednesday 21 July 2004 16:17, Karl Randolph wrote:
> To All:
> This is a hapax legomai lexeme in Tanakh, do we have any clues as to its
> A gift in secret ??? anger, and a bribe in the bosom (???) strong fury.
> Why is the gift in secret, unless neither the giver nor the givee want it
> to be known that the gift was made? Why wouldnt they want the gift to be
> known? Similarly, a bribe in the bosom is being hidden. Why, if not to
> pervert justice? What is the typical reaction when people see injustice
> being practiced, if not fury?
A "gift in secret" is a clear term for a bribe. It's obvious, then, why they
don't want the gift to be known. The part about perverting justice is a bit
of eisegesis that isn't in the text. The question is, whose
wrath/anger/fury/whatever? The most likely candidate is the one receiving
the gift or bribe.
> Hence, from the context, I read this term as having the definition of
> excite or inflame.
Uh-uh. Every lexical tool available indicates that both the root and the
surface word mean "pacify," from a base meaning of "bend." Hence, the bribe
turns away or appeases anger.
Insert clever epigram here...or not
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