[b-hebrew] Ecclesiastes 7:7
sarasotapt at comcast.net
Fri Dec 14 17:13:56 EST 2007
Well, let me say that "Did you read my question?" The translation is
irrelevant to my question, and BTW, your translation is quite unique.
In fact, it deviates from every commentary, every lexicon, and every
English version I have seen.
However, that being said, in response to your post,
>"For the defrauder makes a fool of the wise and makes the heart lost from
>narrating (so that it does not narrate)"
>($Q to defraud, used in participle, defrauder (in context, the defrauder is
Actually, it is a masculine noun with the definite article. It most
likely looks at one attempting to extort the wise man.
>YHWLL pilel of HWL to make a fool of.
>)BD to become lost, often used as a euphemism for to die, perish.
True, but in this context, Solomon is setting forth the limitations of
wisdom in spite of advancing its value in the previous two verses.
Heart is used in a number of ways...here I take it as the norms and
standards, the conscience is corrupted in one that takes a bribe.
>MTNH prefixed M, TNH to narrate.
Every lexicon I consulted has this as a femine singular noun that means
gift. In this case a gift or bribe given to influence someone (likely a
judge or another authority)
I did find an answer in Williams, Hebrew Syntax and Outline on page 41,
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