היה followed by ל followed by infinitive construct‏‏

flockhat

Member
English
Hello,

It is extremely common for the infinitive construct to have the preposition ל before it. What does it mean when used in combination with היה immediately before it?

Like Genesis 15:12 ויהי השמש לבוא or Isaiah 2:5 ויהי השער לסגור בחשך.
 
  • Drink

    Senior Member
    English - New England, Russian - Moscow
    It seems to mean "about to". The sun was about to set. The gate was about to be closed.
     
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