[b-hebrew] Proverbs 5:6 very wild guess

Gerry Folbre gerry at wetmountainvalley.us
Tue Oct 6 22:53:34 EDT 2009


kenneth greifer wrote:
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> I think my translation is wrong because it probably says "ponder" and not "make smooth" and it probably says "she" for the verbs and not "you" like I thought. I am not sure what the quote says, but the word "lest" is in the wrong place for how it is translated in the KJV like you quoted. 
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> Maybe it is something like "life is a path, lest she will consider it's wandering (it's being unstable) (infinitive), her paths (her ways) she will not know."
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> Maybe it is a continuation about the woman whose steps are leading to death.
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> Kenneth Greifer
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> Kenneth:
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> Yes, the KJV’s exposition of the Hebrew Text does place the 
> conjunction, “lest”, at the beginning of the verse instead of where it 
> belongs. I referred to the KJV as the “closest” exposition to what the 
> word-for-word translation reveals. The intensive, imperfect verb PLS 
> is prefixed by the 2^nd person singular “you”; thus, “TPLS = *you 
> constantly make smooth/level* figuratively *maintain*. The KJV of this 
> verbal clause reads, “thou should ponder.” This is the father speaking 
> to his son, essentially saying, “*you (son) should make smooth/level 
> {maintain}*.
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> Proverbs 5:6 is where the father concludes his warning to his son 
> regarding “a strange woman” by telling his son how to avoid M’GLTYH = 
> “*her courses of action*”.
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> Insofar as the clause ‘RX = *path* of XYYM = *life*, this clause not 
> so different from ‘C = *tree* of XYYM = *life*, and it is my opinion 
> that both clauses should be rendered in like manner.
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> Gerry Folbre
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