[b-hebrew] Eccles 2:3
B. M. Rocine
brocine at twcny.rr.com
Sat Apr 28 20:05:55 EDT 2007
Hi Pastor Ron,
The first clause of the Hebrew Masoretic Text reads:
tartiy belibbit limshok bayyayin 'et besariy
notice _'et besariy_ at the end. It means "my flesh" and is the direct
object of the infinitive _limshok_, so the entire Hebrew clause has,
I-explored in-my-heart to-pull with-wine my-flesh.
I could take take the idiom "to pull my flesh" to mean "to test my
capabilities" or "to see what my body could take."
There is some dispute over the Hebrew word _limshok_, the thinking that
it should be read _lismok_ "to sustain" or _lesammmex_ "to make happy,"
but I think it reads pretty well as _limshok_.
My translation: "I ventured to test my capabilities with wine."
Hoping to help.
Ron Snider wrote:
> 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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