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Dear Mr. Yaari,

Isaiah 29:9 is my focus.

I am wishing to find the EXACT translation of the Hebrew words.  In particular I am seeking to know the correct meaning of the FIRST LINE - ie. is the correct translation

"BE DELAYED AND WAIT,
blind yourselves and be blind..."

OR

"STUPEFY YOURSELVES AND BE IN STUPOR,
blind yourselves and be blind..."

Now, in "www.bible.cc" the words there shown for the verse are:-

4102  hiṯmahməhū הִתְמַהְמְה֣וּ be delayed
8539  ūṯəmāhū, וּתְמָ֔הוּ and wait
8173  hitaaū הִשְׁתַּֽעַשְׁע֖וּ Blind
8173  wāōū; וָשֹׁ֑עוּ and be blind

I've tried to find the corresponding ORIGINAL text (for Is. 29:9) in the CODEX SINATICUS,but can't seem to find it. Please see this link (which will help you find it).

http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/manuscript.aspx?=Submit Query&book=14&chapter=29&lid=en&side=r&verse=9&zoomSlider=0

It is important that the precise translation is taken from the Codex Sinaticus (NOT from "www.bible.cc" which I've quoted above).

Hope my question is clear. Thanking you in advance.

Yours sincerely,
Sonia

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Sonia,

The text is הִתְמַהְמְהוּ וּתְמָהוּ, הִשְׁתַּעַשְׁעוּ וָשֹׁעוּ; שָׁכְרוּ וְלֹא-יַיִן, נָעוּ וְלֹא שֵׁכָר and is structured in a 'pun' mode, in which a verb is followed by a similar-sounding verb. I've looked at 5 different English translations, and they all seem to be different. My translation of the first line is "Be delayed, and perplexed. Play, and be blind".

As you can see, I totally disagree with the Codex Sinaiticus. The problem has to do with the fact that the original text is using word combinations which do not appear elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible and thus remain obscure and open to different interpretations.

All the best,

Gaddy

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