Will he keep begging you for mercy? Will he speak to you with gentle words?
"Will he make many supplications to you, Or will he speak to you soft words?
Will it beg you for mercy or implore you for pity?
Will he beg you over and over for mercy, or flatter you with flowery speech?
Will he make prayers to you, or say soft words to you?
Will it make many supplications to you? Will it speak soft words to you?
Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak softly to you?
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|NET © Notes||
1 tn The line asks if the animal, when caught and tied and under control, would keep on begging for mercy. Absolutely not. It is not in the nature of the beast. The construction uses יַרְבֶּה (yarbeh, “[will] he multiply” [= “make numerous”]), with the object, “supplications” i.e., prayers for mercy.
2 tn The rhetorical question again affirms the opposite. The poem is portraying the creature as powerful and insensitive.