You kind of lost me at
, but this is probably one of your better posts.
Had to look up
Do not mistake divers with diverse. Divers is a word in its own right, albeit a fairly formal and uncommon one. Both words come from Latin diversus, meaning "turning in opposite directions," and until around 1700 they were pretty much interchangeable-both meant "various" and could be pronounced as either DYE-verz (like the plural of the noun diver) or dye-VERSS. Both words still carry the "various" meaning, but these days divers (now DYE-verz) is more likely to emphasize multiplicity (as in "on divers occasions"), whereas diverse (now dye-VERSS) usually emphasizes uniqueness. Diverse typically means either "dissimilar" (as in "a variety of activities to appeal to the children's diverse interests") or "having distinct or unlike elements or qualities" ("a diverse student body").
Pretty subtle distinction. Google led me to the rescue of the Thai boys in the cave and I'm not completely clear if they were rescued by
Regarding the garment of many colors -
Now she had a garment of many colours upon her; for with such robes were the king's daughters that were virgins apparelled.- -And his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her. (2 Sam. 13:18 JPS)
She was wearing an ornamented tunic, for maiden princesses were customarily dressed in such garments. -- His attendant took her outside and barred the door after her. (2 Sam. 13:18 TNK)
It should be pointed out that King's virgin daughters
is בְנוֹת־הַמֶּ֛לֶךְ הַבְּתוּלֹ֖ת
has betulah for virgin as opposed to almah.
The only other time in the Tanakh that we find כְּתֹ֣נֶת פַּסִּ֔ים
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat of many colours. (Gen. 37:3 JPS)
Now Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him an ornamented tunic. (Gen. 37:3 TNK)
Nothing kinky to see here of course.
What this has to do with Ezekiel is anybody's guess.
and say: Thus saith the Lord GOD: A great eagle with great wings and long pinions, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the top of the cedar; (Ezek. 17:3 JPS)
Say: Thus said the Lord GOD: The great eagle with the great wings and the long pinions, with the full plumage and the brilliant colors, came to the Lebanon range and seized the top of the cedar. (Ezek. 17:3 TNK)
In this case, רִקְמָ֑ה
(variegated stuff) is the term used for many colors. This occurs many times in Ezekiel but not in the Pentateuch.