[b-hebrew] Translating the Psalms
ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Wed Sep 27 07:13:00 EDT 2006
On Tue 26 Sep 2006 (18:42:09), bobmacdonald at shaw.ca wrote:
> In Psalm 3 verse 3 (also in psalm 145 verse 3 just prior to the great
> chiasm) there is a three letter word which is not translated in the
> online helps: ; aleph yod nun; ein transcribed roughly;
'eYiN means "non-existence"; construct 'eYN. E.g. 'eYN-YoSeP BaBoWR
Joseph was not in the pit, Genesis 37:29. 'eYN LiY I have not (there is
nothing to me). It can take personal pronominal suffixes 'eNeNNiY, etc,
I am not, you are not, he is not, etc. It also has prepositianl prefixes
as in Psalm 73:2 K:'aYiN $uPP:KaH 'a:$uRaY my steps had almost slipped.
It also comes in 1 Samuel 4:21, 14:3 as 'eY in the name 'eYKaBoD,
Ichabod, or "there is no glory". The weak letter Nun drops out or is
assimilated in the compound.
In Psalm 3:3 (3:2 in English versions) 'eYN Y:$uWaTaH LoW means "there
is no help for him [in God]".
In Psalm 145:3 'eYN CeQeR means "it is not searchable".
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF ZFC Ta
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