Wednesday, December 20, 2017

1 Samuel 4

Depart vs deport vs gone or whatever... probably exiled is more suitable. The verb is גלה. Gone is a non-starter. גלה is too specific. It does not fit in with generic words of movement of people or goods. It has the sense also of uncovered or disclosed, but mostly is used in the later narratives of the exile.

I don't pay much attention to textual problems, but verse 1 is missing a chunk in the Hebrew that is in the Greek. By then Eli was very old and his sons still persisted in their wicked behaviour towards Yahweh. It happened at that time that the Philistines mustered to fight Israel and...

JB points this out in notes as does McCarter, ABC p. 103. McCarter gives a reason. The Hebrew copyist skipped from Israel to Israel. It's a possibility.

1 Samuel 4 Fn Min Max Syll
וַיְהִ֥י דְבַר־שְׁמוּאֵ֖ל לְכָל־יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל
וַיֵּצֵ֣א יִשְׂרָאֵל֩ לִקְרַ֨את פְּלִשְׁתִּ֜ים לַמִּלְחָמָ֗ה וַֽיַּחֲנוּ֙ עַל־הָאֶ֣בֶן הָעֵ֔זֶר וּפְלִשְׁתִּ֖ים חָנ֥וּ בַאֲפֵֽק
1 And the word of Samuel was for all Israel,
and Israel went out to encounter the Philistines for battle, and they encamped by the Help Stone, and the Philistines encamped in Aphaq [Repression].
3e 4B 12
34
וַיַּעַרְכ֨וּ פְלִשְׁתִּ֜ים לִקְרַ֣את יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וַתִּטֹּשׁ֙ הַמִּלְחָמָ֔ה וַיִּנָּ֥גֶף יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לִפְנֵ֣י פְלִשְׁתִּ֑ים
וַיַּכּ֤וּ בַמַּֽעֲרָכָה֙ בַּשָּׂדֶ֔ה כְּאַרְבַּ֥עַת אֲלָפִ֖ים אִֽישׁ
2 And the Philistines were arranged to encounter Israel, but it abandoned the battle, for Israel was plagued in the face of the Philistines,
and they struck of the ranks in the field about four thousand men.
3e 4C 31
19
וַיָּבֹ֣א הָעָם֮ אֶל־הַֽמַּחֲנֶה֒ וַיֹּֽאמְרוּ֙ זִקְנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל לָ֣מָּה נְגָפָ֧נוּ יְהוָ֛ה הַיּ֖וֹם לִפְנֵ֣י פְלִשְׁתִּ֑ים
נִקְחָ֧ה אֵלֵ֣ינוּ מִשִּׁלֹ֗ה אֶת־אֲרוֹן֙ בְּרִ֣ית יְהוָ֔ה וְיָבֹ֣א בְקִרְבֵּ֔נוּ וְיֹשִׁעֵ֖נוּ מִכַּ֥ף אֹיְבֵֽינוּ
3 And the people came to the camp, and the elders of Israel said, Why did Yahweh plague us today in the presence of the Philistines?
Let us lay hold for ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, and when it comes among us then it will save us from the palm of our enemies.
3c 4B 33
32
וַיִּשְׁלַ֤ח הָעָם֙ שִׁלֹ֔ה וַיִּשְׂא֣וּ מִשָּׁ֗ם אֵ֣ת אֲר֧וֹן בְּרִית־יְהוָ֛ה צְבָא֖וֹת יֹשֵׁ֣ב הַכְּרֻבִ֑ים
וְשָׁ֞ם שְׁנֵ֣י בְנֵֽי־עֵלִ֗י עִם־אֲרוֹן֙ בְּרִ֣ית הָאֱלֹהִ֔ים חָפְנִ֖י וּפִֽינְחָֽס
4 And the people sent to Shiloh to bear from there the ark of the covenant of Yahweh of hosts who sits on the cherubim,
and there were the two sons of Eli with the ark of the covenant of the God, Hophni and Phineas.
3c 4C 27
21
וַיְהִ֗י כְּב֨וֹא אֲר֤וֹן בְּרִית־יְהוָה֙ אֶל־הַֽמַּחֲנֶ֔ה וַיָּרִ֥עוּ כָל־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל תְּרוּעָ֣ה גְדוֹלָ֑ה
וַתֵּהֹ֖ם הָאָֽרֶץ
5 And it happened as the ark of the covenant of Yahweh went to the camp, all Israel raised a shout of great jubilation, and the land was excited. 3e 4C 29
6
וַיִּשְׁמְע֤וּ פְלִשְׁתִּים֙ אֶת־ק֣וֹל הַתְּרוּעָ֔ה וַיֹּ֣אמְר֔וּ מֶ֠ה ק֣וֹל הַתְּרוּעָ֧ה הַגְּדוֹלָ֛ה הַזֹּ֖את בְּמַחֲנֵ֣ה הָעִבְרִ֑ים
וַיֵּ֣דְע֔וּ כִּ֚י אֲר֣וֹן יְהוָ֔ה בָּ֖א אֶל־הַֽמַּחֲנֶֽה
6 When the Philistines heard the voice of jubilation, they said, What is this voice of great jubilation in the camp of the Hebrews?
And they knew that the ark of Yahweh had entered the camp.
3c 4C 32
14
וַיִּֽרְאוּ֙ הַפְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים כִּ֣י אָמְר֔וּ בָּ֥א אֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶל־הַֽמַּחֲנֶ֑ה
וַיֹּאמְרוּ֙ א֣וֹי לָ֔נוּ כִּ֣י לֹ֥א הָיְתָ֛ה כָּזֹ֖את אֶתְמ֥וֹל שִׁלְשֹֽׁם
7 And the Philistines were fearful, for they said, God has entered the camp.
And they said, Woe to us, for there has not been such as this previously.
3d 4B 18
17
א֣וֹי לָ֔נוּ מִ֣י יַצִּילֵ֔נוּ מִיַּ֛ד הָאֱלֹהִ֥ים הָאַדִּירִ֖ים הָאֵ֑לֶּה
אֵ֧לֶּה הֵ֣ם הָאֱלֹהִ֗ים הַמַּכִּ֧ים אֶת־מִצְרַ֛יִם בְּכָל־מַכָּ֖ה בַּמִּדְבָּֽר
8 B Woe to us. Who will deliver us from the hand of these majestic gods?
These are they, the gods who struck Egypt with every strike in the wilderness.
3c 4B 22
20
הִֽתְחַזְּק֞וּ וִֽהְי֤וּ לַֽאֲנָשִׁים֙ פְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים פֶּ֚ן תַּעַבְד֣וּ לָעִבְרִ֔ים כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר עָבְד֖וּ לָכֶ֑ם
וִהְיִיתֶ֥ם לַאֲנָשִׁ֖ים וְנִלְחַמְתֶּֽם
9 Be resolute and be soldiers, O Philistines, lest you serve the Hebrews as they served you.
So be soldiers and fight.
3e 4C 26
11
וַיִּלָּחֲמ֣וּ פְלִשְׁתִּ֗ים וַיִּנָּ֤גֶף יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ וַיָּנֻ֙סוּ֙ אִ֣ישׁ לְאֹהָלָ֔יו וַתְּהִ֥י הַמַּכָּ֖ה גְּדוֹלָ֣ה מְאֹ֑ד
וַיִּפֹּל֙ מִיִּשְׂרָאֵ֔ל שְׁלֹשִׁ֥ים אֶ֖לֶף רַגְלִֽי
10 And the Philistines fought and Israel was plagued and they withdrew each to his tent, and there was a very great defeat,
and there fell from Israel thirty thousand on foot.
3e 4C 34
14
וַאֲר֥וֹן אֱלֹהִ֖ים נִלְקָ֑ח
וּשְׁנֵ֤י בְנֵֽי־עֵלִי֙ מֵ֔תוּ חָפְנִ֖י וּפִֽינְחָֽס
11 And the ark of God was taken away.
And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas, died.
3e 4C 8
12
וַיָּ֤רָץ אִישׁ־בִּנְיָמִן֙ מֵהַמַּ֣עֲרָכָ֔ה וַיָּבֹ֥א שִׁלֹ֖ה בַּיּ֣וֹם הַה֑וּא
וּמַדָּ֣יו קְרֻעִ֔ים וַאֲדָמָ֖ה עַל־רֹאשֽׁוֹ
12 And a man of Benjamin raced from the ranks and came to Shiloh in that day,
and his armour in segments, and debris from the ground on his head.
3e 4C 22
13
וַיָּב֗וֹא וְהִנֵּ֣ה עֵ֠לִי יֹשֵׁ֨ב עַֽל־הַכִּסֵּ֜א יַ֥ד דֶּ֙רֶךְ֙ מְצַפֶּ֔ה כִּֽי־הָיָ֤ה לִבּוֹ֙ חָרֵ֔ד עַ֖ל אֲר֣וֹן הָאֱלֹהִ֑ים
וְהָאִ֗ישׁ בָּ֚א לְהַגִּ֣יד בָּעִ֔יר וַתִּזְעַ֖ק כָּל־הָעִֽיר
13 And he came in. And behold, Eli sat on the throne adjacent to the way on lookout, for his heart was apprehensive over the ark of God,
And the man entered into the city to announce and all the city appealed.
3e 4C 33
15
וַיִּשְׁמַ֤ע עֵלִי֙ אֶת־ק֣וֹל הַצְּעָקָ֔ה וַיֹּ֕אמֶר מֶ֛ה ק֥וֹל הֶהָמ֖וֹן הַזֶּ֑ה
וְהָאִ֣ישׁ מִהַ֔ר וַיָּבֹ֖א וַיַּגֵּ֥ד לְעֵלִֽי
14 And Eli heard the voice of the outcry, and he said, What is the voice of this tumult?
And the man swiftly came and told Eli.
3d 4C 20
14
וְעֵלִ֕י בֶּן־תִּשְׁעִ֥ים וּשְׁמֹנֶ֖ה שָׁנָ֑ה
וְעֵינָ֣יו קָ֔מָה וְלֹ֥א יָכ֖וֹל לִרְאֽוֹת
15 And Eli was a child of ninety eight years,
and his eyesight was blurred, and he was not able to see.
3e 4B 11
11
וַיֹּ֨אמֶר הָאִ֜ישׁ אֶל־עֵלִ֗י אָֽנֹכִי֙ הַבָּ֣א מִן־הַמַּעֲרָכָ֔ה וַאֲנִ֕י מִן־הַמַּעֲרָכָ֖ה נַ֣סְתִּי הַיּ֑וֹם
וַיֹּ֛אמֶר מֶֽה־הָיָ֥ה הַדָּבָ֖ר בְּנִֽי
16 And the man said to Eli, I have come from the ranks and from the ranks I myself withdrew today.
And he said, What is the word, my child.
3d 4B 32
11
וַיַּ֨עַן הַֽמְבַשֵּׂ֜ר וַיֹּ֗אמֶר נָ֤ס יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ לִפְנֵ֣י פְלִשְׁתִּ֔ים וְגַ֛ם מַגֵּפָ֥ה גְדוֹלָ֖ה הָיְתָ֣ה בָעָ֑ם
וְגַם־שְׁנֵ֨י בָנֶ֜יךָ מֵ֗תוּ חָפְנִי֙ וּפִ֣ינְחָ֔ס וַאֲר֥וֹן הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים נִלְקָֽחָה פ
17 And the envoy answered and said, Israel has withdrawn in the face of the Philistines, and furthermore a great plague there has been among the people,
and furthermore two your sons died, Hophni and Phineas, and the ark of the God has been taken.
3d 4C 30
25
וַיְהִ֞י כְּהַזְכִּיר֣וֹ ׀ אֶת־אֲר֣וֹן הָאֱלֹהִ֗ים וַיִּפֹּ֣ל מֵֽעַל־הַ֠כִּסֵּא אֲחֹ֨רַנִּ֜ית בְּעַ֣ד ׀ יַ֣ד הַשַּׁ֗עַר וַתִּשָּׁבֵ֤ר מַפְרַקְתּוֹ֙ וַיָּמֹ֔ת כִּֽי־זָקֵ֥ן הָאִ֖ישׁ וְכָבֵ֑ד
וְה֛וּא שָׁפַ֥ט אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל אַרְבָּעִ֥ים שָׁנָֽה
18 And it happened when he was remembering the ark of God, that he fell from the throne backward, adjacent to the gate, and his vertebrae was shattered and he died,
for the man was old and heavy, and he judged Israel a forty year span.
3d 4C 48
13
וְכַלָּת֣וֹ אֵֽשֶׁת־פִּינְחָס֮ הָרָ֣ה לָלַת֒ וַתִּשְׁמַ֣ע אֶת־הַשְּׁמֻעָ֔ה אֶל־הִלָּקַח֙ אֲר֣וֹן הָאֱלֹהִ֔ים וּמֵ֥ת חָמִ֖יהָ וְאִישָׁ֑הּ
וַתִּכְרַ֣ע וַתֵּ֔לֶד כִּֽי־נֶהֶפְכ֥וּ עָלֶ֖יהָ צִרֶֽיהָ
19 And his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phineas, was pregnant ready to give birth, and she heard the message that the ark of God was taken and her husband's father and her man had died,
and she bowed down and she gave birth, for her anguish was turned upon her.
3e 4B 37
15
וּכְעֵ֣ת מוּתָ֗הּ וַתְּדַבֵּ֙רְנָה֙ הַנִּצָּב֣וֹת עָלֶ֔יהָ אַל־תִּֽירְאִ֖י כִּ֣י בֵ֣ן יָלָ֑דְתְּ
וְלֹ֥א עָנְתָ֖ה וְלֹא־שָׁ֥תָה לִבָּֽהּ
20 And about the time of her death, the women standing by spoke to her, Do not fear, for you have given birth to a son,
but she did not answer and she did not set her heart on it.
3e 4B 23
9
וַתִּקְרָ֣א לַנַּ֗עַר אִֽי־כָבוֹד֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר גָּלָ֥ה כָב֖וֹד מִיִּשְׂרָאֵ֑ל
אֶל־הִלָּקַח֙ אֲר֣וֹן הָאֱלֹהִ֔ים וְאֶל־חָמִ֖יהָ וְאִישָֽׁהּ
21 And she called the lad, Where is Glory? [Ik-kvod] saying, glory is exiled from Israel,
in that the ark of God was taken, and over her husband's father and her man.
3e 4B 18
18
וַתֹּ֕אמֶר גָּלָ֥ה כָב֖וֹד מִיִּשְׂרָאֵ֑ל
כִּ֥י נִלְקַ֖ח אֲר֥וֹן הָאֱלֹהִֽים פ
22 And she said, Glory is exiled from Israel,
for taken away is the ark of God.
3e 4A 11
10