[b-hebrew] Takliyth

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Nov 19 12:02:34 EST 2012


This word is used only five times in the Hebrew Bible, which in this case
makes a full understanding of the word somewhat uncertain.

It comes from the root כלה KLH meaning “to finish off, so as not to have to
deal with it any more, also used in the sense of being finished off (as in
dying or completing a task)” so seems to have the meaning “completion Job
11:7, 26:10, 28:3, Nehemiah 3:21 ⇒ complete Psalm 139:22”.

How best to translate this idea is another question, with different
translators giving different words to render the idea, some doing a better
job than others.

Karl W. Randolph.

On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 9:40 PM, Mike Burke <michaelgburk at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi all.
> My name is Mike Burke, and I'm interested in Biblical Hebrew.
> What I'm interested in at the moment is the range of meaning of the word "Takliyth"
> (used in Psalm 139:22.)
> In commenting on the verse, Augustine seems to have followed the Latin
> Vulgate, and says a "perfect" hatred would be to hate the vices of the men--neither
> excusing the vices because of the men, or hating the men because of the
> vices.
> It makes for a very interesting interpretation, but is "perfection" part
> of the meaning of the Hebrew word used in the text?
> The NIV has "I have nothing but hatred for them."
> Was Augustine entirely off the mark here?
> Did the Latin Vulgate get it wrong?
> Please reply.
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