[b-hebrew] collecting myrrh and honey

Yaakov Stein yaakov_s at rad.com
Tue Oct 16 08:59:37 EDT 2007


Yes, it would be great for context should )RH mean "to nibble".
But do you know of anyone eating myrrh ?
Not very tasty. Even with spices.

The classical translations and commentaries all have "gather"
for the word in Song of Songs.

All the English translations of Psalms 80:13 seem to say "to pluck"
although they don't really say what is being plucked.
The translation is, once again, due to context.
The expression is succeeded by words meaning "to eat"
but on the other hand is preceded by breaking down fences. 
I understand it as the other )RH, meaning "to curse". 
  Why did you break down its (Israel's) fences, 
  and why are the passers-by cursing it?
  (Why) are the pigs eating it,
  and the beasts of the field grazing away at it ?

Yes, the word )RH when it means "to curse" is related to the far more
common  )RR, 
but is does not seem to be the same root. 
It is used in the Bilaam story over and over -
go and curse = )RH them for me. 
Were the root to have been )RR, the conjugation would have been )RWR,
not )RH.

Yaakov (J) Stein

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