I "couldn't take it" anymore. Today is the day.
I woke up and my Scripture reading included Psalm 65 and Psalm 66. I'm reading in the ESV (English Standard Version). I thought Psalm 65:2 was a bit odd:
O you who hears prayer,I thought: "'. . . [Y]ou who hears prayer'?
to you shall all flesh come.
- Bill and I went to camp. (?) -OR- Bill and me went to camp. (?)
Bill andI went to camp. (?) -OR- Bill and meMe went to camp. (?)
--Ah! It's very clear: I should say Bill and I went to camp; I should never say, Bill and me went to camp.
- Lucy targeted Bill and I. (?) -OR- Lucy targeted Bill and me. (?)
Bill andI. (?) -OR- Lucy targeted Bill andme. (?)
--Again it's very clear: I should say Lucy targeted Bill and me; I should never say, Lucy targeted Bill and I.
- O you who hears prayer . . . (?) -OR- O you who hear prayer. (?)
whohears prayer . . . (?) -OR- You whohear prayer. (?)
--No question: I should say, O you who hear prayer; I should never say, O you who hears prayer.
I checked some other versions on BlueLetterBible.org. --All the older versions in which God is always addressed with the old-style "thou" and "thee"--and, concomitantly, the versions that maintain the "-eth" and "-est" suffixes on verbs--render Psalm 65:2 as "thou that hearest" or "thou who hearest." All the modern translations--except the ESV--render it as "you who hear."
. . . I think I'm going to write to the publisher!
--And then, Psalm 66:1 and 4:
Shout for joy to God, all the earth . . .Ever since working my way through Genesis 1-11 back in January, I have been more attentive than normal to the use in the Bible of any English words that are closely associated with "the earth"--words like the earth, earth, soil, land, etc. --What Hebrew word is it that the translators are rendering into these English terms?
All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.
Is it eretz (Genesis 12:1, for example, where it appears twice but is translated in the ESV as country the first time and land the second; or Genesis 13:15-16, where it appears three times: once as land and the second and third times as earth)? Adamah (Genesis 1:25 includes both eretz ["And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds"] and adamah
Turns out, in Psalm 66, the earth, in both cases, is ha eretz.
--Not sure what that means, ultimately. But I find it interesting that ha eretz, a singular noun, is replaced by a plural pronoun in the third line of v. 4: "they sing praises to your name."
And one final verbal oddity.
This one comes from our sermon yesterday morning.
Our pastor preached from Genesis 27, where Jacob puts on goatskin so he can deceive his blind father and acquire the blessing his father intended for Jacob's older brother, Esau.
In Genesis 27:5-8 we read,
Now Rebekah [the mother of both Jacob and Esau--JAH] was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, 'Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before [YHWH] before I die.' Now therefore, my sonDid you catch the interesting possessive pronouns?
. . ."
Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the fieldKind of reminds me of the many places throughout the Old Testament where the authors carefully distinguish the possessive pronouns attached to God: One person will refer to "YHWH our God" or "YHWH my God," the next to "YHWH your God." Or the same person will refer, at one point in his life, to "YHWH your God," but at another point he will speak of "YHWH my God."
. . ., Rebekah said to her son Jacob . . ."
(By the way. It's pretty clear why the Scriptures speak of Jacob as Rebekah's son while Esau is Isaac's son. Look at Genesis 25:28: "Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob." --Anyone want to deal with a dysfunctional family?)