[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53: justify righteous?

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Sun May 23 16:21:05 EDT 2004


Dear Vadim,

>Oh, irregular grammar again... Is there anything in the chapter you read as
>a standard grammar?
>
>Anyway, your explanation may explain ABSENCE of le where it is needed, but
>not PRESENCE of le when, according to your translation, it doesn't fit.

HH: There is nothing irregular about the grammar. The preposition L 
can be a marker for the accusative with an active transitive verb. 
See Waltke-O'Connor 11.2.10g. That is what most people understand in 
Isaiah 53:11. "The righteous one justified the many." Perhaps the 
Israelites had a mental concept like "bring righteousness" for the 
verb. Then a goal-oriented preposition like L would be suitable: "The 
righteous one brought righteousness to the many." You should also 
consider buying a good grammar, and you should consult other 
translations. Again, you would avoid a lot of headaches.

					Yours,
					Harold Holmyard




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