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 Post subject: Verses 2:170-171
PostPosted: 07 Jun 2009, 08:18 
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 Post subject: Re: Verses 2:170-171
PostPosted: 20 Aug 2009, 04:35 
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{2:170} And when it is said to them, "Follow what God has revealed," they say, "Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing." Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided?

As we mentioned many times before, I'd change "revealed" to "sent down." I suggest,

{2:170} And when it is said to them, "Follow what God has sent down," they say, "Rather, we follow what we found our fathers on." Even if their fathers had not been reasoning at all, nor finding guidance?!

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{2:171} The example of those who disbelieve is like that of one who shouts at what hears nothing but calls and cries cattle or sheep - deaf, dumb and blind, so they do not understand.

The alternative translations were particularly helpful here, as this translation came across cryptic. The premise of this verse is that the reception of the disbeliever to the call to faith is like the reception of sheep to the words of the Shepard: they only hear shouts. They comprehend nothing else. Here is a suggestion,

{2:171} The parable of those who have disbelieved is like the one who bleats what it does not hear but calling and yelling. Deaf, dumb, blind [are they] so they do not comprehend.

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 Post subject: Re: Verses 2:170-171
PostPosted: 20 Aug 2009, 06:05 
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Linguistic wrote:
As we mentioned many times before, I'd change "revealed" to "sent down."

The transitive version of descend may also work in some instances, but not so well in this particular case.

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