[b-hebrew] Zech 13:5

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Wed Jun 22 04:12:12 EDT 2005


The verb QNH often means "to make" or "to create" (cf. Gen. 14:22). Might it
not mean, "I am no prophet, for I was made a man from my youth", or "for
[God] created me a man from youth".

Yigal
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Miller" <smille10 at sbcglobal.net>
To: "B-Hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 4:35 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Zech 13:5


> Zech 13:5 but he will say, ‘I am not a prophet; I am a tiller of the
ground,
> for a man sold me as a slave in my youth.’  (NASB)
>
> The phrase "a man sold me as a slave" is אָדָם הִקְנַנִי.
> The verb is causitive, literally "caused me to buy", which I don't think
is
> reflected in "sold me as a slave".  To sell someone as a slave is not to
> cause them to buy.
> The only translation that retains the causitive meaning is KJV, which
says,
> "man taught me to keep cattle", but I don't think that is a causitive
> meaning of "buy", although it is causitive.
>
> Does "man" have to be the subject? Can it be the object? Could it be
> translated:
> for mankind He has made Me to purchase from My youth.
> or
> for mankind, they have caused Me to purchase from My youth. (treating the
> 3rd masculine singular as the indefinate pronoun as in 13:9.)
> or
> for mankind I have been made to purchase from My youth. (replacing
> indefinate pronoun with passive)
>
> thanks,
> -Steve Miller
> Detroit
>
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