[b-hebrew] Detained before the LORD 1 Sam 21: 7/8
kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Jul 23 06:55:07 EDT 2004
My initial reaction is that this does not refer to a physical restraint, as in imprisonment, rather it is one of duty or worship. The Bible leaves us with tantilizingly few details.
Karl W. Randolph.
----- Original Message -----
From: Brian & Laureen Powell <PowellBrian at omf.net>
> Greetings all.
> In this verse (7 in English, 8 in Hebrew), Doeg the Edomite was said to
> be 'detained before the LORD'. Detained here is NE(:CFR. Correct me if I
> am wrong, but this looks like the Niphal of (FCAR.
> Translations and commentaries in English vary on what this means. Some
> suggest he was forcibly restrained (ie. some kind of imprisonment),
> whilst others suggest that he had some kind of religious obligation that
> was keeping him there, or perhaps he was ritually unclean so could not
> perform whatever religious ceremony he had intended to do, so was
> waiting for the time when he would have been considered clean again.
> Can anyone shed any light on this for me?
> Brian Powell
> Bible Translator
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