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The Role and Significance of Dbr Ḥpṣ (Qoh. 12:10A) for Understanding Qohelet

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The strongest argument in favor of "pleasing words" is, however, the parallelism with dbry 'mt, rendered usually "words of truth" in the same verse and the seemingly apparent meaning of the two words, dbr "word" and ḥpṣ "pleasure". The goal of the determination with which Qohelet pursued the inquiry is to perceive wisdom and to observe the business. But the immediate context does not seem to reflect the meaning and precise ground for "to perceive wisdom" and "observe the business". Thus it is necessary to examine those passages in which Qohelet had set his heart to explore "wisdom" and "business". In 7:23-8:1a, Qohelet already had the opportunity to introduce his own past intellectual experiment accompanied "by wisdom" in the form of a first-person narrative in the perfect tense. The language of seeking and finding is restricted to a few passages in which Qohelet alludes to the intent of his investigation.

Keywords: dbry 'mt; parallelism; Qohelet; wisdom

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