[b-hebrew] Ps 40:6
B. M. Rocine
brocine at twcny.rr.com
Tue Oct 16 20:49:15 EDT 2007
The string you are looking for `RK + 'L only generates four hits in
BibleWorks, the two you have mentioned (Psa 40:6; Job 32:14) and two
others, Jdg 20:30 and 1Ch 19:17. The string `RK + X + 'L (where X is a
wildcard word) generates no hits.
Personally, I think your idea, that no one can mount an (successful)
opposition to the testimonies of YHWH's wondrous works, is a viable
interpretation, even though it is not recognized in English translations.
JBarach at aol.com wrote:
> B-Haverim --
> Any suggestions on how to understand (and translate) the phrase at the end
> of the second line of Ps. 40:6?
> I've seen that line rendered "Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to
> you in order" (NKJV) or "reckoned up in order" (KJV), presumably taking ערך,
> which has the root sense of laying something out or stacking something up,
> as having to do with setting things out in order in words. It's possible that
> that's how the phrase is used in Job 32:14.
> Others take this phrase to refer to *comparison*: "There is no comparison
> with you!" The context does suggest occasion for such a comment, given that
> the previous verse speaks of those who are turning aside to "a lie" (i.e., a f
> alse god). But is this phrase ever used elsewhere for comparison? The verse
> that is often cited as proof of this possibility is Isaiah 40:18, but that
> isn't exactly this phrase!
> With the addition of אל, however, it seems that the phrase often has to do
> with setting an army in order, arraying an army, against someone. Even in
> Job 32:14, where it is words that are being laid out (in order), the sense of
> opposition is still present.
> Would it be correct, then, to understand the last half of this line as
> saying something like "There is no one arrayed against you" -- perhaps in the
> sense "No one can be arrayed against you (and succeed)?" The whole line would
> then be understood this way: "As for your thoughts toward us -- no one can be
> arrayed against you (successfully)."
> Any help you could provide would be appreciated. In particular, it would
> help if any of you have the technology that allows you to list all the passages
> where this verb is used with אל. That's something I can't search for on my
> computer and I'd like to be able to study those passages.
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