[b-hebrew] On Song 2:10

George Athas george.athas at moore.edu.au
Sun Feb 18 19:28:20 EST 2007

A slight alternative to Harold's explanation:
This is the emphatic imperatival subject. That is, when you want to
emphasise the subject of the imperative, you can suffix the relevant
pronominal suffix to the preposition lamed. In English, we tend do a similar
thing only when we want to be stern (eg, "*You* sit down right now!"), which
makes the sentence sound rather teacher-ish. However, in Biblical Hebrew, it
is not limited to such a nuance -- it usually just indicates urgency, be it
out of sternness, passion, excitement, emergency, or whatever. Compare it to
the oft-used (and probably over-used) "You go girl!".

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