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Friday, August 15, 2008  

Spider versus Lizard

Proverbs 30:28 speaks of a creepy-crawly that is easy to catch, but which nevertheless lives in kings' palaces. Yet what kind of creepy-crawly it is appears to be unclear. According to KJV/NKJV, it's a "spider." But according to most other translations, it's a "lizard." So which is it, and how do you explain the difference?

Blogger Rick Mansfield writes about how he used Accordance to tackle that question, and I think you'll find his approach instructive. Be sure to check it out.

By the way, if exploring obscure translation issues is too heady for you on a Friday afternoon, here's a lighter look at a spider versus a lizard. :-)

David, thanks for linking to my blog entry.

Okay, here's some useless trivia. I used Accordance to look up every source mentioned in my post with the exception of one. What was it? (And I'm not referring to Rashi which first came up in the comments, not in my original post).

First person to answer correctly wins a no-prize.

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