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following guttural as well as of the preceding U-sound. (Elsewhere indeed after וּ in similar cases Ḥaṭeph-Pathaḥ is preferred, see above, §78b; but with לֻקֳחָה cf. also סֻבֳּלוֹ Is 93, 1027, 1425, where the U-sound must necessarily be admitted to have an influence on the Še immediately following.) In וּֽטֳהָר־ (û-ṭohŏr) Jb 179 it is also influenced by the following O-sound. In קָֽסֳמִי 1 S 288 Qe, the original form is קְסֹם, where again the ō represents an ŏ. It is only through the influence of a following guttural that we can explain the forms נִקְרֳאָה Est 214; נִֽבֳהָל Pr 2822; נִסְרֳחָה Jer 497; אֶפְשֳׂעה Is 274; וָאֶֽשְׁמֳעָה Dn 813; שִֽׁמֳעָה ψ 3913; בַּֽסֳעָרָה 2 K 21 (Baer’s ed. also in ver. 11); הַקֳּהָתִים 2 Ch 3412 (ed. Mant., Opitius, &c. הַקְּ׳). Finally in most of the examples which have been adduced, the influence of an emphatic sound (ק, ט, cf. also אֲלַקֳּטָה Ru 22, 7), or of a sibilant is also to be taken into account.

 [10i3. The sign of the simple Še ־ְ serves also as a mere syllable divider. In this case it is disregarded in pronunciation and is called Šewâ quiescens. In the middle of a word it stands under every consonant which closes a syllable; at the end of words on the other hand it is omitted except in final ך (to distinguish it better from final ן), e.g. מֶלֶךְ king, and in the less frequent case, where a word ends with a mute after another vowelless consonant as in נֵרְדְּ nard, אַתְּ thou fem. (for ’ant), קָטַלְתְּ thou fem. hast killed, וַיַּשְׁקְ and he watered, וַיִּשְׁבְּ and he took captive, אַל־תֵּשְׁתְּ drink thou not; but וַיַרְא, חֵטְא.[1]

 [10k]  However, in the examples where a mute closes the syllable, the final Še comes somewhat nearer to a vocal Še, especially as in almost all the cases a weakening era final vowel has taken place, viz. אַתְּ ʾatte from אַתִּי ʾattî (ʾanti), קָטַלְתְּ from קָטַ֫לְתִּי (cf. in this form, the 2nd sing. fern. perf. Qal, even בָּאתְ, after a vowel, Gn 168, Mi 410, &c., according to the readings of Baer), יִשְׁבְּ yišbe from יִשְׁבֶּה, &c. The Arabic actually has a short vowel in analogous forms. In נֵרְדְּ borrowed from the Indian, as also in קשְׁטְ (qōšṭ) Pr 2221; and in אַל־תּוֹסְףְּ ne addas (for which we should expect תּ֫וֹסֶף) Pr 306 the final mute of itself attracts a slight vowel sound.

 [10l]  Rem. The proper distinction between simple Šewâ mobile and quiescens depends on a correct understanding of the formation of syllables (§26). The beginner may observe for the present, that (1) Še is always mobile (a) at the beginning of a word (except in שְׁתַּים, שְׁתֵּי §97b, note); (b) under a consonant with Dageš forte, e.g. גִּדְּפוּ gid-dephû; (c) after another Še, e.g. יִקְטְלוּ yiqṭe (except at the end of the word, see above, i). (2) Še is quiescens (a) at the end of a word, also in the ךְ; (b) before another Še.

§11. Other Signs which affect the Reading.

Very closely connected with the vowel points are the reading-signs, which were probably introduced at the same time. Besides the diacritical point over שׂ and שׁ, a point is placed within a consonant

  1. On ־ִיתְ as an ending of the 2nd sing. fem. perf. Qal of verbs ל״ה, see §75m.