[b-hebrew] BLG

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Mon Oct 18 23:15:33 EDT 2004

Dear Karl,

>Dear List Members:
>This root appears only five times in Tanakh, four times as a hiphil 
>verb and once as a hiphil participle in a noun context. Any thoughts 
>on its definition?
>I looked up a dictionary and the definition given was to brighten up 
>as in making cheerful, however all the contexts where it is used 
>imply a destructive definition as in being consumed or destroyed.

HH: Try Job 9:27; 10:20; and Ps 39:14:


Job 9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my 
heaviness, and comfort myself:
Job 10:20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I 
may take comfort a little,
Psa. 39:13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go 
hence, and be no more.


Job 9:27 If I say,  'I will forget my complaint, I will change my 
expression, and smile,'
Job 10:20 Are not my few days almost over? Turn away from me so I can 
have a moment's joy
Psa. 39:13 Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I 
depart and am no more."

Also note the cognate MBLYG in Jer 8:18:

Jer. 8:18 O my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.

HH: BDB lists an Arabic cognate for the verb.

				Harold Holmyard

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