12:21 His servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? While 1 the child was still alive, you fasted and wept. Once the child was dead you got up and ate food!” 12:22 He replied, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept because I thought, 2 ‘Perhaps 3 the Lord will show pity and the child will live.
1 tc For the MT בַּעֲבוּר (ba’avur, “for the sake of”) we should probably read בְּעוֹד (bÿ’od, “while”). See the Lucianic Greek recension, the Syriac Peshitta, and the Targum.
2 tn Heb “said.”
3 tn Heb “Who knows?”