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

Harold Holmyard hholmyard3 at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 11 09:34:27 EDT 2007

Steve Miller wrote:
>> From: Harold Holmyard
>> Dear Karl,
>>> I used to think that the -MW suffix always referred to the third
>>> person indefinite number, but when I was recently analyzing Job 40:4,
>>> I came to the realization that the subject of the -MW suffix was Job
>>> himself, in the first person. Now I'll have to go back and see if this
>>> is the only usage that is not third person, or if there are others as
>>> well. This is a new assignment for me.
>> Job 40:4 is a bit different because the -MW suffix has no pronominal
>> value. LMW is functioning as a poetic alternative for the preposition L.
>> It is a frequent usage, appearing 55 times according to BDB.
>> Yours,
>> Harold Holmyard
> [Steve Miller] Harold, LMW is used 59 times in the Tanach. How could it be
> used 55 times with no pronoun meaning? Job 40:4 looks like the only one
> where most translators skip the pronoun meaning.

I did not mean to imply that it lacked a pronominal meaning in all those 
cases. Thanks for the clarification.

Harold Holmyard

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