Isaiah 26:16 some questions

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kwrandolph
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Isaiah 26:16 some questions

Postby kwrandolph » Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:04 pm

This verse isn’t long, but raises questions:

יהוה בצר פקדוך צקון לחש מוסרך למו

Is בצר from צר with a prefixed ב or is it the verb בצר with the meaning “to remove, be removed, e.g. grapes from a vine, abilities ⇒ to make or be inaccessible, fortify (inaccessible place)”?

Is לחש from the idea of whispering, or is this a prefixed ל on the idea of חש hurrying?

The word צקון is found only here in this verse in this form—is it from צוק “to wear down by constant attacks” or connected to יצק with the idea of pouring out?

Any thoughts?

Karl W. Randolph.

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Ken M. Penner
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Re: Isaiah 26:16 some questions

Postby Ken M. Penner » Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:36 pm

I can tell you what the earliest interpreter of which we have record (the Greek translator) thought.
kwrandolph wrote:Is בצר from צר with a prefixed ב

Yes.
kwrandolph wrote:Is לחש from the idea of whispering, or is this a prefixed ל on the idea of חש hurrying?

More likely the former. He translated it μικρᾷ, "small," as in "small distress."
kwrandolph wrote:The word צקון is found only here in this verse in this form—is it from צוק

Yes.
Ken M. Penner, Ph.D.
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Isaac Fried
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Re: Isaiah 26:16 some questions

Postby Isaac Fried » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:46 pm

Possibly צקון is short for צעקון

Isaac Fried, Boston University


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