Psalms 51:5 (Double Negatives)

Can you please explain Psalms 51:5? It is the only translation that says it the way the JUB does.


In Hebrew a double negative is like multiplying two negative numbers in mathematics. The answer will always be positive.

The JUB is based on scholarship from the early reformation and this is the way Casiodoro de Reina and others that learned Hebrew as a spoken active language translated. Modern scholars have only studied these texts as a dead language.

As a result of this and other problems many verses got obscured or inverted.

This passage may be difficult to understand naturally, but it is as close to the original as possible and it makes sense when read in light of the above explanation. Pray that the Lord will give understanding where needed.

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