Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Exodus 5:23

Context
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From the time I went to speak to Pharaoh in your name, he has caused trouble 1  for this people, and you have certainly not rescued 2  them!” 3 

XREF

Ps 118:26; Isa 26:17,18; Isa 28:16; Jer 11:21; Joh 5:43; Heb 10:36,37

NET © Notes

sn Now the verb (הֵרַע, hera’) has a different subject – Pharaoh. The ultimate cause of the trouble was God, but the immediate cause was Pharaoh and the way he increased the work. Meanwhile, the Israelite foremen have pinned most of the blame on Moses and Aaron. Moses knows all about the sovereignty of God, and as he speaks in God’s name, he sees the effect it has on pagans like Pharaoh. So the rhetorical questions are designed to prod God to act differently.

tn The Hebrew construction is emphatic: וְהַצֵּל לֹא־הִצַּלְתָּ (vÿhatsel lo-hitsalta). The verb נָצַל (natsal) means “to deliver, rescue” in the sense of plucking out, even plundering. The infinitive absolute strengthens both the idea of the verb and the negative. God had not delivered this people at all.

tn Heb “your people.” The pronoun (“them”) has been used in the translation for stylistic reasons here, to avoid redundancy.



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