[b-hebrew] feast for ears? Psalm 40:7
if at math.bu.edu
Sat Nov 17 18:02:04 EST 2007
The closing H in the root KRH is a mere filler instituted to complete
the root to a three-literal form. It is but a stunted HI), 'he-she',
which appears in the verbal form KARITA = KAR-HI)-ATAH as YI. The
final ATAH is for God.
The presence of the letter R in the root indicates that all acts and
names derived from it refer to taking something apart or to putting
something together. We find it in the following senses: 'dig, hollow
out, excavate, tear up the earth', [Genesis 50:5]; 'pileup, spread,
assemble, set up a feast', [2Kings 6:23]; 'acquire, purchase, tear
away', [Deuteronomy 2:6].
Derived from KR [or QR] are: KIR, 'stove, coals holding dish, fire
pit', [Leviticus 11:35], Q(AR-AH, 'dish, plate, bowl', [Exodus
25:29], KIYOR, 'sink', [Exodus 30:18], KAR, 'pile, pillow', [Genesis
31:34], KOR, 'heap', [1 Kings 5:2], KUR, 'crucible', [Deuteronomy
4:20], MI-KREH, 'mine, pit', [Zephaniah 2:9], KER-AH, 'feast, heap of
food', [2 Kings 6:23], M-KOR-AH, 'place of birth, origin', [Ezekiel
29:14], and M-KER-AH, 'ax?', [Genesis 49:5].
By the equivalence assumption of G, H, X, K, Q, and by interchanging
the filler letters we write the family:
גרא, גרע, גרה
קרא, קרה, קרע
אגר, אחר, אכר, עכר, עקר
גוּר, גיר, גער, גרוֹן
קוּר, קיר, קוֹרה, קער
גרר, גרגר, הרר, הרהר, חרר, חרחר, כרכר, קרר
Also related to KRH is the root KRT
Spoken Hebrew has K(R in the sense of 'mar, deface, damage, pit', and
It appears to me that the poet's claim in Psalms 40:7 is that God is
attentively listening to him [tearing wide open his ears, clearing
his ear canal, so to speak] gratis, just out of sheer affection and
admiration for his poetic skill and utter devotion [see also 40:2].
By this interpretation the ears are God's ears, not the poet's. The
poet appears to be saying to God You opened your ears to me [to my
pleadings], and not You opened my own ears [to your wishes].
The KJV translates it [so also the JPS] as "mine ears hast thou
opened". The NAB adds on his own, by way of explanation, "to obedience".
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Nov 16, 2007, at 1:32 PM, kenneth greifer wrote:
> Maybe Psalm 40:7 could say "a sacrifice and a gift offering You did
> not desire, ears You have prepared (provided) for me, a burnt
> offering and a sin offering You did not ask." Maybe G-d prepared
> his ears to listen to G-d or the ears of the listeners who he would
> tell G-d's greatness to in Psalm 40:10-11. It sounds strange, but
> then it is poetry, so maybe it is a poetic way of saying G-d
> provided people to listen to him.
> Kenneth Greifer
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