December 17th, 2006

Fredcritter

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

To luckydragongirl!

Are you going to be visiting the states any time soon? We kinda miss you over here. Anyway, hope it's a happy one (or was a happy one … or will be a happy one … or whatever the dateline thang has done to this greeting…)

Fredcritter

Kidneys!

Although I know that over time there is both idiom shift and changes in belief about the residence and mechanisms of various human characteristics, I nevertheless find it amusing and interesting that the translators’ notes* for Ps. 8:10 (“…he who probes the mind and conscience is God the righteous.”) and Ps. 16:7 (“I bless the LORD who has guided me; my conscience admonishes me at night.”) indicate that the word for which the English “conscience” has been used would be literally translated as “kidneys.” Also, in Ps. 26:2 (“Probe me, O LORD, and try me, test my heart and mind;”), “heart and mind” is literally “kidneys and heart.”

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*for the Jewish Publication Society’s 1985/1999 Tanakh translation as published in The Jewish Study Bible, Oxford University Press, New York, 2004.

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