[b-hebrew] Re: agent or patient in Psa. 33:12?

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Thu May 13 08:53:15 EDT 2004


> Dear Michael,
>
> >No, youíre right.  The translation was rushed and
> >sloppy.  But the basic point still remains: YHWH can
> >choose Ha-Am ìfor Himself.î  And Ha-AM can choose YHWH
> >ìfor itself.î
> >
> >Therefore, which interpretation of Psa. 33:12 should
> >*I* choose, and why?  :-)
>
> HH: Liz gave one reason, and I gave another. But
> if you want a third reason, your translation
> doesn't have YHWH as a possible object. If LW
> means "for itself," then there is no object for
> the verb "choose."
>
Harold,
This is what I've been trying to say all along.
LW means "for itself/himself." There's no object for
"choose." To have "Him" be the object as Michael
wants, it would have to be BW.
Liz





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