[b-hebrew] 3ms vs 1cp pronominal suffixes on yiqtol

Charles Grebe animatedhebrew at gmail.com
Tue Nov 6 12:07:46 EST 2012

Yes, I too have taught that the ennu suffix with the so-called energic-nun
is ambiguous. I've looked at all the grammars I have and they say very
little. Gesenius mentions only one possible example in Job 31:15 (see page
158, section 58k).

With regard to Ps 12, the NIV/ESV etc could be following the LXX. It is
interesting that the LXX and a few late medieval Hebrew manuscripts make it
explicitly plural.

Maniwaki, QC

On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM, Jerry Shepherd <jshepherd53 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Charles,
> You've raised a very interesting question.  I did a search in my
> BibleWorks, and while I cannot claim it is exhaustive, I couldn't find a
> single instance where this suffix on a finite verb is 1cpl.  For years now
> I've assumed and taught that the suffix is ambiguous.  I imagine that the
> supposed ambiguity comes from the occurrence of the suffix on the
> preposition min.  But, as far as I can tell, the suffix does not represent
> 1cpl on verbs.  In your particular example, I suppose the 3ms suffix can,
> as is sometimes the case with 3ms suffixes generally, refer to a plural
> entity.  And I see that several translations take it that way.
> Blessings,
> Jerry
> Jerry Shepherd
> Taylor Seminary
> Edmonton, Alberta
> jshepherd53 at gmail.com
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