[b-hebrew] Why "Random" in 2 Chron 18:33?

kgraham0938 at comcast.net kgraham0938 at comcast.net
Mon Nov 16 07:54:47 EST 2009

Hey Murry, I think the idea here of TOM is "to his innocence." Which is connoting the idea that the man did not have a specific target in mind. He really did not know that he was shooting at the king of Israel. He did it "Unknowingly." 

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From: "Murray Hogg" <muzhogg at netspace.net.au> 
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Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 2:10:49 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: [b-hebrew] Why "Random" in 2 Chron 18:33? 

Hi Folks, 

A question has arisen on another list of which I am part as to the translation of לתמו (from תמם) in 2 Chron 18:33. 

Most English translations give "at random" or "at a venture" - but the idea of randomness or chance doesn't occur in my rather limited references. 

Nor am I able to get to a library for the next few days. 

Could some kind soul please offer a couple of remarks as to why it is the translators might have chosen "at random/at a venture" in this place when the lexicon entry seems to centre upon notions of fullness or completeness? 

Thanks in advance, 
Murray Hogg 
Melbourne, Australia 
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