[b-hebrew] Object of "lamo" in Isaiah 53
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Thu Jul 5 13:17:50 EDT 2007
lamo, as other prepositions, normally refers to the closest logically
acceptable noun. Unless there is an overwhelming reason to relate
preposition to a remote noun, the closest noun is your best bet.
In Isaiah 53:8, lamo likely refers to ami, my people. Strictly speaking,
lamo could also relate to "him," the suffering servant; transposition is
possible. Preference is only a matter of interpretation.
> The term "mi pesha ami nega lamo" in Isaiah 53:8 is usually translated as:
> "from the transgressions of my people, a plague befell them (lamo)." The
> "them" is usually understood to be the servant i.e. Israel. However, I've
> seen a few people suggest that this refers to the Gentiles or nation
> rather than the servant.
> Grammatically speaking how plausible is this rendition over the
> conventional one? Does the servant as the object of lamo come from the
> context of Isaiah 53 (verses 53:4, 53:10 describing his illness) or is it
> inferred based on the syntax of the verse alone?
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