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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

KCB - Mark 1:44

KCB – Mark 1:44

«ចូរ​ប្រយ័ត្ន កុំ​និយាយ​រឿង​នេះ​ប្រាប់​អ្នក​ណា​អោយ​សោះ ប៉ុន្តែ​ត្រូវ​ទៅ​បង្ហាញ​ខ្លួន​ដល់​សង្ឃ ហើយ​ថ្វាយ​តង្វាយ​សម្រាប់​ការ​ដែល​អ្នក​បាន​ជា​ស្អាត ដូច​លោក​ម៉ូសេ​បាន​បង្គាប់ ដើម្បី​ជា​បន្ទាល់​ដល់​មនុស្ស​ទាំង​ឡាយ»។

I believe this text is more difficult than others​ (as far as keeping the Khmer in order with the Greek, mainly because of grammar differences in both languages), but I do feel there are some things that can be changed in order to better follow the Greek as well as help make things clear in Khmer.

Here is a Greek Interlinear to help (Khmer added):

και 2532[AND,​ ហើយ​] λεγει 3004(5719)[SAYS, មាន​បន្ទូលថា] αυτω 846[TO HIM, ទៅ​គាត់] ορα 3708(5720)[BEWARE, ចូរ​ប្រយ័ត្ន] μηδενι 3367[TO NO ONE,​ ទៅ​នរណា​ម្នាក់​ឲ្យ​សោះ] μηδεν 3367[ANYTHING(LIT. NOTHING), អ្វីមួយ] ειπης 2036(5632)[THOU SPEAK; និយាយ] αλλ 235[BUT,​ ប៉ុន្តែ] υπαγε 5217(5720)[GO, ទៅ​] σεαυτον 4572[THYSELF, ខ្លួនឯង] δειξον 1166(5657)[SHEW, បង្ហាញ​] τω 3588[TO THE, ទៅ] ιερει 2409[PRIEST, សង្ឃ] και 2532[AND, ហើយ​] προσενεγκε 4374(5628)[OFFER, ថ្វាយ] περι 4012 του 3588[FOR, សម្រាប់] καθαρισμου 2512 σου 4675[THY CLEANSING, ការ​ដែល​អ្នក​បាន​ជា​ស្អាត] α 3739[WHAT, អ្វី] προσεταξεν 4367(5656)[ORDERED, បាន​បង្គាប់] μωσης 3475[MOSES, ​លោក​ម៉ូសេ] εις 1519[FOR​ THE RESULT OF, ដើម្បី​] μαρτυριον 3142[A TESTIMONY,​ បន្ទាល់] αυτοις 846[TO THEM,​ ដល់​គេ]


Here are some suggestions along with some problems that I see:

1) "ប៉ុន្តែ​ត្រូវ​ទៅ​" - I don't see any need for "ត្រូវ" to be in this phrase, being that it is already a statement of what the man needs to do – but this is minor.

2) "ថ្វាយ​តង្វាយ" – The Khmer here does not wholly follow the Greek (being that the word, “α” does not show up as being directly translated [literally it means, “what” [អ្វី]). But I feel that the KCB has done a good translation of the Greek into the Khmer, being that a more direct translation causes more confusion, and should stay as it is (one could translate it, "ថ្វាយ​អ្វី​ដែល​លោក​ម៉ូសេ​បាន​បង្គាប់" but I do not think either one is better than the other, probably about the same).

3) "ដល់​មនុស្ស​ទាំង​ឡាយ" – To me this seems a clumsy translation of the word, “αυτοις” – I would suggest this instead: "ដល់​គេ" or "ដល់​ពួក​​គេ"


Here is a suggested re-translation:

«ចូរ​ប្រយ័ត្ន កុំ​និយាយ​រឿង​នេះ​ប្រាប់​អ្នក​ណា​អោយ​សោះ ប៉ុន្តែ​ទៅ​បង្ហាញ​ខ្លួន​ដល់​សង្ឃ ហើយ​ថ្វាយ​តង្វាយ​សម្រាប់​ការ​ដែល​អ្នក​បាន​ជា​ស្អាត ដូច​លោក​ម៉ូសេ​បាន​បង្គាប់ ដើម្បី​ជា​បន្ទាល់​ដល់​គេ»។

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