Preface Introduction Chapters Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Appendices Appendix I Appendix II Appendix III Appendix IV Appendix V Appendix VI Appendix VII Appendix VIII Appendix IX Appendix X Appendix XI Appendix XII Appendix XIII Appendix XIV Appendix XV Appendix XVI Appendix XVII Appendix XVIII Appendix XIX Appendix XX Appendix XXI Indexes References Names Biblical References General Bibliography
The Use of Hayah in the Passive Voice.
The verb  which to our way of thinking is an active verb, in
Hebrew appears in the Niphal or Passive voice also. The following
references illustrate how this usage is found, in every case the verb
being in the Niphal.
Deut.4.32: "whether there has been (done) such a great thing..."
Jud. 19.30; "There was no such thing (done) nor seen..."
Jud.20.3: "How was there (done) this wickedness?"
I Sam. 25.6: "Peace be upon..."
I Ki. 1.27: "Has this thing been done by my lord the king?"
I Ki.12.24: "This thing from me has been", ie., has been done.
Neh. 6.8: "There are no such things (done) as thou sayest".
Prov.13.19: "The desire that has been (satisfied) is sweet to my
Isa.5.5: "It shall be (given over) to being consumed".
Jer.48.19; "Ask him that fleeth and her that escapeth. and say,
What is (done)?"
Ezek.21.12: "Cry and howl, son of man, for it shall be (done)
upon my people".
Ezek. 39.8: "Behold.... it is (done), saith the Lord."
Micah 2.4: "A doleful lament has been (made)".
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