By Edward L. Greenstein
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The change between perfect and imperfect in 18:6–9 is of subordinate significance in this context, see JM §112d(n. 1). – Elliger proposes a change from ֶה ָה ִריםinto ַה ָדּםon the basis of 33:25. He argues this on the basis of Lev 19:26 (note that in 33:25 a change ֶ ַﬠis proposed on the basis of this text). 11 and 15) pleads for maintaining the MT. The LXX reads in the corresponding places ἐπὶ τῶν ὀρέον, which agrees with ֶה ָה ִריםof the MT. – A change from נִ ָדּהinto ְבּנִ ָדּ ָתהּin agreement with the formulation of Lev 15:20 is unnecessary, even though the LXX with ἐν ἀφέδρῳ οὖσαν points to a formulation which agrees with Lev 15:20.
And I said to them: What is that high place you continually go to, which is called ‘high place’ to this day? Therefore, say to the house of Israel: Thus says the Lord God: You have defiled yourselves in the way of your fathers, and joined yourselves behind their monstrous idols! When you bear gifts, when you take your sons into the fire, you defile yourselves for the sake of all of your dung gods to this day. textual criticism, philology and grammar 32. 33. 34 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 43 And would I let myself be sought by you, house of Israel?
The connection of ִהנֵּ ה with a third person masculine singular suffix, which would be needed when this were about a participle, is so rare (four times in the MT): Num 23:17; Job 2:6; 1 Chr 11:25 ִהנּוֹ, Jer 18:3 (K) ) ִהנֵּ הוּthat it would not hinder the understanding of ֵמתas a participle. 1. The temporal aspect must be determined from the context, because the participle may signify past, present or future, see GKC §116d; JM §121a. The LXX renders 60 Greenberg 1986 (332). For the alternating use of the fem.