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Monday, March 20, 2006

KOV - Luke 6:48

In the old Khmer Bible: "គឺ​ធៀប​​ដូច​ជា​មនុស្ស​ ម្នាក់​ដែល​សង់​ផ្ទះ​ គាត់​បាន​ជីក​យ៉ាង​ជ្រៅ ដាក់​ជើង​សសរ​នៅ​លើ​ថ្ម កាល​មាន​ទឹក​ជន់​ឡើង ហូរ​គំហុក​មក​ប៉ះ​នឹង​ផ្ទះនោះ នោះ​ធ្វើ​​ឲ្យ​រញ្ជួយ​មិន​បាន​ឡើយ ពីព្រោះ​បាន​សង់​នៅ​លើ​ថ្ម"

The word I want to focus on is"ជើង​សសរ"

The word choice here seems strange, being that in just about all the other places I checked, the Greek word, "θεμέλιος" is translated as, "ជើង​ជញ្ជាំង"

Most likely the translators were thinking about how a house is built in Cambodia and chose their words based on that - but houses were not on stilts in Jewish society when Jesus on the earth - they were more like a ផ្ទះ​ល្វែង
I think the word, "គ្រឹះ" ​​ would be a better choice in all of the cases (actually the new translation uses this word) - even on a house that is in stilts (pillars) most of the time they put rocks and things under the ជើង​​​សសរ in order to make sure it is sturdy - and they call that "គ្រឹះ"

And the word even is used in the same way the English word "foundation" is used: គ្រឹះ​យុត្ដិធម៌ the foundation of justice គ្រឹះ​សន្តិភាព the foundation of peace

Another reason for this is the usage of the word សសរ in other passages of scripture like 1 Timothy 3:15 (that might be another issue to talk about, the word, "support" or "εδραιωμα" which has been translated as, "ជើង​ថ្កល់"

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