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Psalm 125:5

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  • Psalm 125:5

    "But those who turn to crooked ways
    the Lord will banish with the evildoers.

    Peace be on Israel."

    NIV here lists banish, most other translations list "lead away." I'm assuming the "lead away" is the more literal translation, and am humbly asking if "banish" is allowable in the original Hebrew/Greek meaning of "lead away." Thanks in advance.

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    Originally posted by Just Some Dude View Post
    "But those who turn to crooked ways
    the Lord will banish with the evildoers.

    Peace be on Israel."

    NIV here lists banish, most other translations list "lead away." I'm assuming the "lead away" is the more literal translation, and am humbly asking if "banish" is allowable in the original Hebrew/Greek meaning of "lead away." Thanks in advance.
    The verb in question is הָלַךְ (hālak) which has a broad semantic range, the Hiphil of which in the context of Psalm 125:5 may be a way of saying "banish" them.

    HALOT indicates that the sense in Psalm 125:5 may be 'to cause to pass away', i.e., 'die'.

    Comment by John Goldingay, in Psalms Volume 3: Psalms 100-150 (Baker Academic, 2008):
    The OT assumes that crooked paths lead to destruction, and the psalm may be asking that Yhwh simply make the faithless walk that way, as the people who harm others that they are. Or it may be asking that Yhwh just make them go away.

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      Somewhat relevant (okay, okay, I just want to pimp my favorite Christian group of all time):

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      • #4
        Manwe, that song is the exact reason I started this thread.

        So, since "die" is included in the semantic range, I guess "lead away to Hell" is also an appropriate translation as well. Interesting.

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        • #5
          Manwe, that song is the exact reason I started this thread.
          Wow.....small world.

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