[b-hebrew] Proverbs 17:8
Reinier de Blois
rdeblois at www.biblesocieties.org
Mon May 17 16:22:31 EDT 2004
Good point, but I still feel that there is not enough evidence in the text to
warrant a translation with "charm". The only support I have been able to find
so far is Nahum 3:4 where XEN is somewhat parallel to K$APIYM "sorceries".
But also there a translation with "beauty" is perfectly possible.
In all other cases where XEN is preceded by another noun in the construct
state (at least those I could find) it means "beauty".
>HH: But XN also has the sense of "favor," and a stone that gave favor
>would be a charm. An interesting point here relative to Liz's
>question about intensive plurals is that B(L ("owner") is often
>plural with a singular suffix in a singular meaning. This is the
>judgment of Brown-Driver-Briggs, which also finds an emphatic plural
>for the word which has the meaning of "great lord" or "sovereign
>owner." So it might be possible to translate here "its owner."
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