[b-hebrew] "I Am" vs. "I Will Be"

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Thu Jun 29 17:31:28 EDT 2006

Awohili at aol.com wrote:

>It's quite simple.  I'm not fishing.  I asked a question, which  has been 
>ignored.  I'd like a cogent answer to my question, which no one  has answered yet.

HH: The answer is that the context is different in the two verses, 
calling for a different handling of the verb in English. If a verb is 
imperfective in aspect, then it can be present or future. The original 
hearer would have adjusted according to the context. The future simply 
does not suit 3:14b well, as has already been explained. To name 
yourself "I will be" without a predicate leaves the hearer with a God 
who exists in the future but perhaps not in the present. But the future 
does suit 3:12 well. You could translate 3:12 as "I am with you," but 
the futuristic context makes that less appropriate in English. The fact 
is that God was with Moses at that moment and would be with him at every 
step from that time onwards. It was partially for this reason that God 
sought to put him to death when he attempted to return to Egypt without 
having circumcised his son (Ex 4:24-25). God as with him, and he was 
not  free any longer to ignore the demands of God's covenant with 
Abraham. So in a technical sense "I am with you" would be correct.

Harold Holmyard

>Solomon Landers
>In a message dated 06/29/2006 1:29:23 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
>dwashbur at nyx.net writes:
>See the  discussion for the various people's reasonings.  I'm not sure what 
>it is  that you 
>want.  Again, if you don't find their arguments convincing,  that's your 
>right as a free human 
>being.  But you seem to be fishing  for something, and it's difficult to 
>determine  what.
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