313 In the passage king Krt bids his son to stop weeping and to go and call his sister Ttmnt from whom Krt wants to conceal his serious illness. Krt's son should stop weeping so that his sister should not see any signs of his grief. Now it is impossible for him to waste his brain with tears or in weeping. Therefore I suggest to see in mb the Imper. of a verb mhh, well known in Hebrew, "to wipe away". Then we should translate : "Waste not, 0 son, the flowing of thine eye, wipe thy head clean of tears." In Is. xxv 8 the verb is used also of the wiping away of tears. Thus the root ?M "wipe" does occur in Ugaritic and here it fits the con- text excellently. As a further result of this and the fact that "head" is used instead of pnm "face" (as in Is. xxv 8) it may be suggested that ris actually is the front or face part of the head (though it also indicates the whole of the head) while qdqd is that part of the head where the hair grows. In Hebrew the derivatives of ro.c
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1955
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