[b-hebrew] Backwards Gapping and Proverbs 13:1

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Mon Aug 27 22:51:19 EDT 2007


Peter,
I would translate Proverbs 18:2 as: "A fool is not interested in  
wisdom but in the inclination (revelation) of his heart".
Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Aug 27, 2007, at 10:08 PM, Peter Bekins wrote:
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> Frankly, I didn't think I would ever find an example for this, but I
> just kept reading and lo and behold I found Prov 18:2:
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> לא־יחפץ כסיל בתבונה
> כי אם־בהתגלות לבו
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> "A fool does not delight in understanding
> but in revealing his heart"
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> Now, I suppose you could question this one because it does not
> demonstrate much parallelism. It is sort of abc:c' with "revealing
> his heart" the sort-of-parallel to "understanding" but no parallel
> for "fool". This is more of a sentence  with a compound object, still
> it is poetry and the second clause is not the object of the negative
> L)-YXPC but must be the object of an implied positive YKPC. The
> problem is that the KY-)M takes up the syllables needed for the
> second parallel element.  Also, I realize that KY-)M is a strong
> contrastive conjunction while our verse has the broader conjunction
> W-. However, the context of Prov 13:1 shows obvious contrast so I
> don't think it is too much to ask the reader to supply the positive
> verb for the negated L)-$M(.
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> With tired fingers,
> Peter Bekins
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