Translating the Twelve: Hosea 2:8-9

Today’s “Translating the Twelve” is Hosea 2:8-9

8 לָכֵ֛ן הִנְנִי־שָׂ֥ךְ אֶת־דַּרְכֵּ֖ךְ בַּסִּירִ֑ים וְגָֽדַרְתִּי֙ אֶת־גְּדֵרָ֔הּ וּנְתִיבוֹתֶ֖יהָ לֹ֥א תִמְצָֽא׃

9 וְרִדְּפָ֤ה אֶת־מְאַהֲבֶ֨יהָ֙ וְלֹֽא־תַשִּׂ֣יג אֹתָ֔ם וּבִקְשָׁ֖תַם וְלֹ֣א תִמְצָ֑א וְאָמְרָ֗ה אֵלְכָ֤ה וְאָשׁ֨וּבָה֙ אֶל־אִישִׁ֣י הָֽרִאשׁ֔וֹן כִּ֣י ט֥וֹב לִ֛י אָ֖ז מֵעָֽתָּה׃

 

 

8. So behold, I am hedging1 your way with thorns and I will close off2 her wall so that she will not find3 her path.

9. Then she will pursue4 her lovers5 and she will not reach6 them. She will seek7 them yet she will not find8 them. So she will say9, “I will leave10 so that I may return11 to my first husband. It was better back then than now.”

Below I’ll parse the verbs and briefly discuss some of my syntactical choices if I have time and remember.

Syntactical Choices

Nothing major today

Footnotes

1. Qal ptc ms שוך
2. Qal wqtl 1cs גדר
3. Qal Yqtl 3fs מצא
4. Piel wqtl 3fs רדף
5. Piel ptc mp + 3fs אהב
6. Hif yqtl 3fs נשג
7. Piel wqtl 3fs + 3mp בקש
8. Qal yqtl 3fs מצא
9. Qal yqtl 3fs אמר
10. Qal yqtl 1cs הלך
11. Qal coh 1cs שוב

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