Hebrew is weird

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I was looking at Proverbs 3:8 in the original Hebrew and I thought it was hilarious. The NIV translation here says that the fear of the Lord will bring "health to your body". But the literal Hebrew here is "healing of your bellybutton".

Yes, that's right, your bellybutton (שֹׁר)

I bet you didn't even realize that your bellybutton needed to be morally healed, did you? It goes on to say that a further benefit is "a drink for your bones" which sounds pretty silly too, but it's pretty hard to top bellybuttons for silliness!

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At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the importance of the "bellybutton"(שֹׁר) when this text was written? It is something that is connected to the mother so it could be related to the soul,life,giver of life.


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