Tuesday, 20 August 2013
A previous librarian made a partial translation by comparison with known languages. The present librarian, having studied the text, is able to decipher parts of it.
"Jerusalem hath grievously sinned..." (p. 98)
- and ends:
"But thou hast utterly rejected us -" (ibid.)
As a matter of fact, my Revised Standard Version gives Lamentations 5.22 as:
"Or hast thou utterly rejected us? Art thou exceedingly angry with us?"
- and the Good News Bible gives:
"Or have you rejected us forever? Is there no limit to your anger?"
But the King James ends Lamentations with a statement, not a question. The Lord, who is said to remain forever, is also said to "...forsake us forever..." (ibid.)
Imagine that you are a Hebrew prophet and that that is your last revelation: God is eternal but has ended the Covenant. You are on your own. What should you do? Serve other gods? Live as a free man without gods? Consider how much of the Law applies to human beings without reference to God? It is up to you.