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Learning Biblical Hebrew (Lesson 29)

“In this lesson we return to our discussion of Hebrew verbs. As with the other forms, we have named this fourth verb pattern “Weqatal” after the 3ms form of the verb (וְקָטַל).
The Weqatal form is also known as a “suffix conjugation”, because the subject pronoun of the verb is attached to the basic form, as a suffix. In fact, the Weqatal form is identical to the Qatal form, with a prefixed conjunction ו.
We read several verses, for example when God speaks to Moses from the burning bush and sends him back to Egypt to lead the Israelites out of slavery, in Exodus 3:20 –
וְשָׁלַחְתִּי אֶת־יָדִי וְהִכֵּיתִי אֶת־מִצְרַיִם בְּכֹל נִפְלְאֹתַי אֲשֶׁר אֶֽעֱשֶׂה בְּקִרְבּוֹ וְאַחֲרֵי־כֵן יְשַׁלַּח אֶתְכֶֽם׃
So I will stretch out My hand and smite Egypt with various wonders, which I will work upon them; after that he shall let you go.
Note that both the Yiqtol and Weqatal forms are used in this verse as a simple future tense, in direct speech, only The Weqatal forms appear at the beginning of the clause.
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Simone Venturini

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