[b-hebrew] Befuddled by NGD

Brak Brak at neo.rr.com
Thu Jul 26 05:09:54 EDT 2007

So from what I get from all this is that the word NGD is like the word $M
Just as $M has two distict meanings dependent on how it is used ("there" 
and "name") so does NGD

I now have another question regarding this word:

When it is first used in Genesis in the context of Eve I was always 
taught that it meant "opposite" or "against".
I have never heard that it meant "in front of".
So could someone please explain how the idea of "in front of" fits in 
that passage?

By the way, I appreciate all the input received thus far!

John Steven

"If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you 
-Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

K Randolph wrote:

>I do not list "against" or "opposite" as possible meanings for NGD as
>those have connotations that go beyond the meaning of the Hebrew word
>(a translator may use those terms when he thinks it will make for a
>smoother English rendition, but a strict literal meaning is "before,
>in front of").
>The verbal meaning of NGD is "to be in front of, to be before" which
>in the hiphil with its causative becomes "to cause to be in front of"
>or in smoother English "to set before". That which is set before can
>be a person or object, but by far the most common things "caused to be
>in front of" are ideas, teachings, or other intangible (spoken)
>concepts. According to a concordance, it is used only in the
>causative, hiphil and hophal, in Tanakh.
>Karl W. Randolph.
>On 7/24/07, Brak <Brak at neo.rr.com> wrote:
>>I have a question.
>>Sometimes NGD is translated as "against" or "opposite" or "in front", to
>>which I can see the relationship between.
>>But other times it's translated as "tell" or "declare".
>>I don't see the common link between the idea of "opposite" and "telling".
>>Can someone please help me understand the relationship between these ideas.
>>John Steven
>>"If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you
>>-Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
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