[b-hebrew] Subject in Jer 31,2 ?

ps2866 at bingo-ev.de ps2866 at bingo-ev.de
Thu Jul 12 08:12:09 EDT 2012

Dear Karl,

thank you for your response.

- there is no object marker "et" in front of "Israel"(conf. Jerm 50,35),
so that it is not necessarily the Object of "RG)" (to bring Israel to
rest). To regard Isreal as Subject is possible.
- The Word HaLoKH (walking) is infinite. It's possible to see this verb as
indicating circumstantial information on the people having found grace
mentioned already.
- HalaKH is better refered to the people of Israel, while they were 
wandering in the desert.
- At the first glance I found no other reference that JHWH and HLK are
I'd suggest therefore: "when Isreal wandered in order to come to its rest".

Thank you for further help !
Peter Streitenberger, Germany

> Peter:
> Look at the context, this is quoting YHWH with a couple of interjections
> by
> Jeremiah at the beginning of the first two verses. At least that’s how I
> read it.
> Why would you prefer Israel as the subject?
> Karl W. Randolph.
> On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM, <ps2866 at bingo-ev.de> wrote:
>> Dear Hebrew-Friends,
>> what is the subject of the last clause in Jerem 31,2:
>> "HaLoKH LeHaRGi)o JiSRa(eL"
>> Many German translation treat "Jahwe" as Subject. He will go to bring
>> Israel to its rest. But this rendering isn't clear to me. I'd rather
>> treat
>> Israel as Subject: "when Israel walked to come to its rest".
>> I'd be glad if you could help me !
>> Yours
>> Peter M. Streitenberger, Germany

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