Sunday, May 11, 2008

Destroying those who speak leasing

The AV translation of Psalms 4 and 5 use an archaic English word to translate the Hebrew word kazabh.

Psalm 4.2: "How long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?"

Psalm 5.6: "Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing."

The general meaning of "leasing" in this context is " loose, false, or deceitful," and it's related to the suffix "-less" (as in "meaningless") and "loose."

Another interesting related meaning is that from Scots (not Scotch: "Scotch" is a beverage) law: " the uttering of lies or libels upon the personal character of the sovereign, his court, or his family."

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