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Strophe III: 18:4

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This chapter discusses the text and translation of strophe III: 18:4. It explains phonetic observations, syntactic observations, semantic observations and poetic technique in the textual design. From the text’s design the author has seen that three of four lines start with the same consonant. The theme of Isa 18:4 seems to be that of warning Judah against entering into a coalition with Cush. This theme is seen the following ways: First, the degree of importance of the message is high as the warning to Judah is put in the mouth of YHWH. Referred to in 1st person singular, YHWH speaks to his people through “me”. Second, the warning from YHWH to his people comes from YHWH who “will be quiet and gaze” in his dwelling place. Third, this implied distance between YHWH and Judah is further explained through the two similes at the end of v. 4.

Keywords: Cush; Judah; motifs; phonetic observations; poetic technique; semantic observations; strophe III translation; syntactic observations; textual design; YHWH



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