Verbs ילך and הלך

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Verbs ילך and הלך

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When I look up some quotes on Biblehub or Blue Letter Bible, sometimes they disagree if a verb is a form of ילך or הלך. Is there a difference or are they the same verb?
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Re: Verbs ילך and הלך

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Kenneth Greifer wrote: Sun Dec 27, 2020 2:00 pm When I look up some quotes on Biblehub or Blue Letter Bible, sometimes they disagree if a verb is a form of ילך or הלך. Is there a difference or are they the same verb?
All languages have irregular verbs. Biblical Hebrew is no exception. ילך is the Yiqtol form of הלך, at least that’s the way I’ve been taught. And in the years since I’ve seen no evidence that that understanding is wrong.

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Re: Verbs ילך and הלך

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It is about how this verb acts

This verb acts mostly according to forms that start with a Y.
for example:
It common infinite is ללכת (but there are also cases of להלך)
its Hiphil is הוליך (as if the root is Y-L-K)
its imperative is לך (but there is a rare הלך)
its Qal imperfect is ילך (but there is also יהלך)

Compare all of these forms to root ישב or ירד and see that it acts like them (like roots that starts with Y)

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in the perfect, the הלך comes with its H
like הלכתי and so on
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Re: Verbs ילך and הלך

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Look how similar הלך is in its forms to ירד as opposed to בטח.
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