[b-hebrew] Object of "lamo" in Isaiah 53

Vadim Cherny vadimcherny at mail.ru
Fri Jul 6 13:33:36 EDT 2007

Right. That's why I wrote of the closest "logically acceptable" noun. In 
Is3:8, the closest noun is also obviously unacceptable.

What makes "my people" an adjective? Why can't lamo relate to adjective, 

Vadim Cherny

> This is very definitely not the case in Genesis 9:26–27, where
> grammatically the closest noun is the object, not the subject.
> In Isaiah 53:8 the noun "my people" is used grammatically as an
> adjective, not used as a noun, hence it is not the subject of LMW. The
> next closest noun is "rebellion", prefixed with a M- in this context
> meaning "because of", so it cannot be the subject of LMW.
> Grammatically speaking, the subject of LMW is the "slave" who is
> contextually distinct from "my people".
> Karl W. Randolph.
> On 7/5/07, Vadim Cherny <vadimcherny at mail.ru> wrote:
>> 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.
>> Vadim Cherny
>> http://vadimcherny.org/judaism/isaiah53.htm

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