[b-hebrew] Psalm 22 Translation Help

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 21:13:17 EDT 2006


On your first question, there was a discussion a while back on this
list, in which the verb K)R was referenced as meaning 'to distort,
mangle' and there is at least one manuscript known where it ends in a
waw for the third person plural. From a medical point of view, nails
going through the nerves of the wrists and ankles distort the hands
into claws, also the feet.

On your second question, the root meaning of YXYDH has the idea of
being together with, hence this refers those who are with me, 'my

The third question I'll leave for someone else to answer (i.e. I don't
know how to answer it). Do consider that there are more than one root
that are presently grouped under (NH, the one most commonly used being
'to answer' and the next 'to humble or humiliate' and a possible third
root of uncertain meaning.

Karl W. Randolph.

On 9/13/06, JBarach at aol.com <JBarach at aol.com> wrote:
> BHaverim --
> (1) Any suggestions on Psalm 22:16, which is often rendered "They pierced  my
> hands and my feet"?
> (2) How do you understand the last word of v. 21 (yehidati)?  It seems  to
> mean "my only one" and to be parallel with "my soul/life" (naphshi) in the
> previous stich.  Does it mean "my only life" -- that is, I only have one  and it's
> precious to me?
> (3) How about Psalm 22:22?  The cola are nicely balanced:
>      Rescue me from the mouth of the lion
>      And from the horns of the wild oxen you have  answered me
> But the second line doesn't make a lot of sense in English (maybe not in
> Hebrew either?).  It appears to mean "You have answered my request, which  was
> that you would deliver me from the horns of the wild oxen."  And so  some
> English translations treat the two "from" clauses together and connect them  with
> "rescue" and make the "answered" clause separate:
>      Rescue me from the mouth of the lion
>      And from the horns of the wild oxen!
>     You have answered me.
> The gist turns out to be the same -- the cry has been answered -- but is
> there something to the first translation that better gets at the meaning of the
> Hebrew than the second, more interpretive one?
> Help?
> John
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