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Re: Ps 139:3

Postby SteveMiller » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:35 pm

Isaac,
The common meaning of ‫סכן‬ throughout Scripture seems to be to make a profit, as Karl said.
I would translate Eccl 10:9 as:
He that is removing stones is hurt by them. He that is cleaving trees is profited by them.
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Re: Ps 139:3

Postby Isaac Fried » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:59 pm

Steve,

Here is, again, Ecclesiastes 10:9
מַסִּיעַ אֲבָנִים יֵעָצֵב בָּהֶם בּוֹקֵעַ עֵצִים יִסָּכֶן בָּם
Your translation: "He that is removing stones is hurt by them. He that is cleaving trees is profited by them"
Do you have an explanation as to why moving stones is hurting, but cleaving wood is profitable?

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Re: Ps 139:3

Postby SteveMiller » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:42 pm

Isaac,
That is a good question. I think moving stones refers to moving a landmark, that is trying to steal some of your neighbor's property.
Cleaving wood is honest work to get wood for building or fuel.
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Re: Ps 139:3

Postby Isaac Fried » Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:24 am

About Num. 22:30 and the relation סכן - שכן we recall that it is similarly in English: "habit" is 'settled behavior', while "habitat" is from the Latin habitare 'to live, to dwell, to settle'.

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