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Discussion in 'עברית (Hebrew)' started by Codinome Shlomo, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Codinome Shlomo Senior Member

    Portuguese (Brazil)

    What is the root of this word "וְתוֹלָלֵינוּ" ?
    Context: "כִּי שָׁם שְׁאֵלוּנוּ שׁוֹבֵינוּ דִּבְרֵי שִׁיר וְתוֹלָלֵינוּ שִׂמְחָה שִׁירוּ לָנוּ מִשִּׁיר צִיּוֹן"

    My try:
    "For there our captors asked us for words of a song, and [??] for happiness. 'Sing for us a song of Tsion!' [they said.]"

    Thank you.
  2. ystab Senior Member

    This unique word is one of a kind in the Bible, and its etymology is not entirely known. It is assumed that there is a correspondence (poetic device) in this verse, by which שובינו equals תוללינו, and that תולל is related to the word שולל (as ש and ת often change in Hebrew and Aramaic), thus both mean our captors, our kidnappers.
  3. origumi Senior Member

  4. Codinome Shlomo Senior Member

    Portuguese (Brazil)
    Thank you guys!! :)

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