[b-hebrew] Hebrew Text of Daniel 9:24

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Nov 26 16:09:16 EST 2012


Gary:

Not only your grammatical point, but the translation also adds “their” in
places where it isn’t in the Hebrew text.

Karl W. Randolph.

On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 1:14 PM, Hedrick Gary <GaryH at cjfm.org> wrote:

> The NLT (New Living Translation from Tyndale House Publishers) places a
> bit of a unique spin on its rendering of Daniel 9:24:
>
> שבעים שבעים נחתך על־עמך ועל־עיר קדשך לכלא הפשע ולחתם<http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Dan&c=9&t=NKJV#>
>  חטאות <http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Dan&c=9&t=NKJV#> ולכפר
> עון ולהביא צדק עלמים ולחתם חזון ונביא ולמשח קדש קדשים׃
>
> Here's the translation: "A period of seventy sets of seven* has been
> decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to
> put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting
> righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy
> Place."
>
> According to this translation, Daniel's "people" and his "holy city"
> (Jerusalem) are the subjects who perform the actions: finish rebellion, put
> an end to sin, and atone for guilt.
>
>>
> So it looks to me like there may be a grammatical issue here. If the
> subject in the sentence is "your people and your holy city," then Daniel's
> people (Israel) are the ones themselves who are performing the
> actions--finishing their rebellion, ending sin, atoning for iniquity.
>
> Doesn't it seem like al-amcha (upon your people) would mean the people of
> Israel are the objects of the action in this verse? Wouldn't beh-amcha (by
> your people) make more sense if the "people" here were the ones performing
> the action?
>
> Trust all of you who are stateside had a nice Thanksgiving weekend!
>
> Best regards,
>
> Gary Hedrick
> San Antonio, Texas USA
>
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