[b-hebrew] Jeremiah 3:7

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Jun 7 18:46:39 EDT 2008


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "skeptic dude" <skepticdude at hotmail.com>
To: "Yitzhak Sapir" <yitzhaksapir at gmail.com>; <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 10:40 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Jeremiah 3:7


>
>
> Is God admitting to making a false prediction in Jeremiah 3:7?
>
> The more scholarly/formally dynamic translations render this verse as:
>
> NAS Jeremiah 3:7 "And I thought, 'After she has done all these things, she 
> will return to Me'; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister 
> Judah saw it.
>
> NAU Jeremiah 3:7 "I thought, 'After she has done all these things she will 
> return to Me'; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah 
> saw it.
>
> NRS Jeremiah 3:7 And I thought, "After she has done all this she will 
> return to me"; but she did not return, and her false sister Judah saw it.
>
> RSV Jeremiah 3:7 And I thought, `After she has done all this she will 
> return to me'; but she did not return, and her false sister Judah saw it.
>
> NJB Jeremiah 3:7 I thought, "After doing all this she will come back to 
> me." But she did not come back. Her faithless sister Judah saw this.
>
> However, other translations hide the sense of prediction/optimism about 
> the future:
>
> Jeremiah 3:7 7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou 
> unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
>
> NKJ Jeremiah 3:7 "And I said, after she had done all these things, 'Return 
> to Me.' But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
>
> LXE Jeremiah 3:7 And I said after she had committed all these acts of 
> fornication, Turn again to me. Yet she returned not. And faithless Juda 
> saw her faithlessness.
>
> What is the correct sense of the Hebrew?  Did God make a prediction (i.e., 
> she will return to me), or just a command (i.e, return to me)?
>
>
> I don't read Hebrew, so I appreciate any comments from those that do,
>
> Thanks.
>
> dave
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