[b-hebrew] Eccles 2:3

Ron Snider sarasotapt at verizon.net
Sat Apr 28 18:44:15 EDT 2007

I would like to get some input on how one views the syntax of the 
infinitive construct of MASHAK and how it is to be translated.  The 
normal root meaning seems to be to pull, drag or draw out.  It can come 
to mean to extend or prolong, but it that is the case here, it would 
seem to indicate extended drinking sessions...I have no problem with the 
fact that Solomon may have drank and drank to excess, but is that what 
is in view?  As far as the syntax, the NAS understands the infinitive to 
mean how to do something, but it could also indicate purpose I think.

Any insights are appreciated.

Ron Snider,
Makarios Bible Church

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