Suffix Paragogic Nun¶
The paragogic נ (nun) suffix can only attach to a finite verb, and its meaning is unknown.
This suffix is an unexplained feature of Biblical Hebrew grammar with no discernible meaning or function.
The paragogic נ (nun) is a simple consonant appearing either as a suffix or an infix. When appearing as a suffix, it stands at the end of the word, following the verb conjugation ending (as in the examples below). When appearing as an infix, the paragogic נ (nun) is usually represented by a daghesh forte inside the initial letter of a pronominal suffix.
|שָֽׁמְע֥וּ עַמִּ֖ים יִרְגָּז֑וּן|
|shame’u ‘ammim yirgazun|
|They-will-hear peoples they-will-tremble|
|The peoples will hear, and they will tremble|
|כַּקָּטֹ֤ן כַּגָּדֹל֙ תִּשְׁמָע֔וּן|
|kaqqaton kaggadol tishma’un|
|like-the-small like-the-great you-will-hear|
|you will hear the small and the great alike|
|תִּתֵּ֣ן לָ֭הֶם יִלְקֹט֑וּן|
|titten lahem yilqotun|
|You-give to-them they-gather|
|When you give to them, they gather|