The romanance of the Hebrew language

9781236788955: The romanance of the Hebrew language
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: to his brothers," and, behold, your sheaves began to move round, and to make obeisance to my sheaf." Sometimes the touch added to the narrative by the variety of tense is of a distinctly' sensational character, as we find in the passage Judges v. 24-27, where the death of Sisera at Jael's hand is described. In this passage we have a continued series of verbs in the perfect tense suddenly turned into the imperfect in the case of one verb, where our translation runs, "she put her hand to the nail." The writer draws special attention to this clause of the narrative by putting it in the imperfect. Giving the tense its proper significance, we might better translate, "she gradually stretched forth her hand towards the tent-pin," and doing so, we can readily picture to our minds the furtive manner in which Jael stretched over towards the peg, watching the eyes of the sleeper as she did so for fear the motion might waken him from his sleep. Observing the tense, the reader will often be able to give familiar words quite a new shade of meaning, and clearer than he will find in the usually accepted version, e.g. Isa. xxx. 19, "He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry: when He shall hear it He will answer thee." The latter clause of the verb should be translated, "as soon as He heareth He hath answered thee." (Cf. Isa. lxv. 24, "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer: and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.") The R.V., which generally pays strict attention to tense, has missed this case, translating, " when He shall hear He will answer thee." In Ps. vii. 15 we have another example to show how the vividness of the picture in the...

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