[b-hebrew] Proverbs 1:6 & 3:13-18

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 12:06:54 EDT 2009


Gerry:

On Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 6:41 PM, Gerry Folbre <gfolbreiii at gmail.com> wrote:

> Karl:
>
> According to the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)


Don’t waste your breath (bandwidth) trying to convince me from translations.
It doesn’t work. Others on this list have already learned that lesson.

>

In Proverbs 3: 13-18 the author speaks of wisdom and understanding, and in
> Pr. 3:18 he writes: “She [wisdom & understanding] is a tree of life to
> those
> who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy” (NRSV).
>
> Questions:  Why “she” {3rd person feminine)?


Look at the context: this is from a series of verses talking about חכמה
which is a feminine noun, which takes feminine pronouns. A more accurate
rendition in English is “It”.


> To me Pr. 3:13-18 is a “proverb” with “metaphors” and “riddles” going
> together with the “words of the wise”; referring back to Pr. 1:6.
>
> Which shows you need to learn more Hebrew before preaching to us.


> Gerry Folbre


Karl W. Randolph.



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