Monday, January 19, 2009

Rarely user words in the Psalter - 14

Psalm 10:9 has a real rarity: חטף to seize - used twice in this verse and then only in Judges 21:21 - the story of the restoration of Benjamin, certainly not one of my favorite passages!

He lies in wait in his covering
like a lion in its lair
He lies in wait to seize the poor
He seizes the poor
He draws him into his net

So is there any significance to this rare word? Does it make this acrostic archaic? Does it help restore Benjamin? Is it he that falls into the net?

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