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Short Answer: The MT's base text is to be preferred. The passage is best understood as a lament by God about the oppression of His tribe. His tribe is like a child oppressed by women. (The statement about "women ruling" should not be taken as a literal description of the historical situation.) MT Text and Analysis The MT records the following: עַמִּי ...


Very few Hebrew manuscripts are said to have survived the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE, drastically reducing the number of variants in circulation up to that time. Without the earlier Hebrew texts, we can only know about those variants indirectly, from the Septuagint and from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Wikipedia tells us in its article on the Masoretic ...

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