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7. Gamli kanóki, 1. Harmsól, 57 [Vol. 7, 124-5]

[8] óstyrkðir várar ‘our frailties’: The edn follows Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kempff (1907, 56) in adopting Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s suggestion (note to 444ˣ transcript) that this phrase is the object of Lít ok virð ‘consider and evaluate’ (l. 5). Kock (NN §1213) objects that this sense is rather unlikely, since God’s nature is not to look upon sin, and thereby to destroy it, but rather to avert his eyes from it (cf. Exod. XXXIII.20, Ps. LI.9). Kock therefore takes óstyrkðir várar as part of the at-cl., construing the entire cl. at óstyrkðir várar hjǫlp of þiggi ‘that our frailties may receive help’ as the object of Lít ok virð.


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