Members“Acknowledge”…and “Praise”!

In the article “Praise” or “Acknowledge”?, dealing with Gen. 49:8ff, I suggested that יודוך [YODUKHA]—rendered “will praise you” —might more logically be translated “will acknowledge {‘confess’} you”.

By Dov Chaikin |
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'HIS DELIGHT IS IN THE LAW OF THE LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night' (Psalm 1:2) Photo: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

I gave examples of words from the same root—ידה—where “praise” (or “thanks”) does not make for a good rendering. Among the conclusive examples given were אודה [ODDE] in Ps. 32:5 and מודה [MODDE] in Prov. 28:13—both invariably rendered “confess” by the translators.

 

The very same אודה appears together with the very first time the name יהודה [YEHUDAH] is mentioned. In Gen. 29:35 we read:

 

 …הפעם אודה את‫-‬יהוה על‫-‬כן קראה שמו יהודה

[HAPAAM ODDE ET-YHWH AL-KEN KAR’AH SHMO YEHUDAH]

 

This is translated: “…’Now I will praise the Lord’. Therefore she called his name Judah…” [Some versions have “this time” instead of “now”.]

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