[b-hebrew] yorenu (Isaiah 28:26)

Harold Holmyard hholmyard3 at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 30 09:51:14 EDT 2008

> Harold,
> Context, as we choose to understand it, may indeed suggest to us to 
> see YORENU as 'he will show him' rather than 'he will show us', but it 
> is still really not clear to me in what sense the "inserted" nun 
> "gives strength and sometimes emphasis to the verbal form". It is 
> really beyond me how a FORM [a meaning?] can be strengthened 
> [energizes?] by a lonely nun.

HH: I was quoting GKC, which is an old source. You may be right. The 
modern grammarian Christo H. J. Van der Merwe, along with Jackie A. 
Naud, in A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar, say that it has no 
semantic value

Harold Holmyard
>> Do you have Gesenius-Kautzsch-Cowley, also called Gesenius' Hebrew
>> Grammar? It discusses this issue in  #58i.  There is a Nun energicum
>> inserted before the suffix. It is a special added syllable that gives
>> strength and sometimes emphasis to the verbal form.
>> Yours,
>> Harold Holmyard
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