Sunday, March 26, 2017

Did God Really Say the Woman's CONCEPTION would be Multiplied?

Genesis 3:16: to 'ishshah he said your sorrow is much increased and your sighing[2]

[2]  The Septuagint gives the correct reading here, which is, "thy sighing,"—the whole sentence meaning, then, “A snare hath increased thy sorrow and thy sighing." Many ancient authorities agree with the Septuagint. …The difference Is, between HaRBeh, AaRBeh, "multiplying I will multiply," and HiRBah AoReB, "hath caused-to multiply," (or "made great"), a lying-in-wait,"--the verb, a usual preceding Its nominative. The capital letters, alike in both phrases, alone constitute the original text. This participial form, ARB, occurs fourteen times In Joshua and Judges. It in translated "ambush," and "liers-in-wait," or "in ambush." It to possible that we should read, here, "A lyer-in-wait (the subtil serpent) hath increased thy sorrow." -Bushnell 

Below is an image of the LXX rendering of a portion of Genesis 3:16. Note the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures does not say the woman’s “conception” will be increased.

Bushnell cont’: “Concerning the word translated as “conception”: This word is spelled, in Hebrew HRN,—but that is not the correct Hebrew way to spell "conception." The latter occurs, and correctly spelled, in Ruth 4:13 and Hosea 9:11, and nowhere else. The real word, "conception," as it occurs in the above passages, is spelled HRJWN. This word in Genesis comes two letters short of spelling the word. All Hebrew scholars know this. For instance, Spurrell says: "It is an abnormal formation which occurs nowhere else in the Old Testament." Our highest lexical authorities (Brown, Briggs and Driver) call it a "contraction, or erroneous." – Bushnell
 Here, we have two witnesses to the fact that God did not tell the woman her conception would be multiplied. 

This is an excerpt from the Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary (HHBC)

This is an excerpt from the Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary (HHBC)

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