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Was Judas’ “place” or “home” deserted? (Acts 1:20)
In speaking of Judas, Peter quotes Ps 69:25. “‘For,’ said Peter, ‘it is written in the Book of Psalms: “May his place (ἔπαυλις) be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,” and, “May another take his place of leadership (ἐπισκοπήν).”’” (NIV).
A couple interesting problems with this verse.
1. ἔπαυλις is not as generic a word as “place” suggests. BDAG defines it as, “property that serves as a dwelling place whether personally owned or by contract,
HALOT describes טִירָה (Ps 69:25) as an “
2. It also created a false concordance. The English reader might assume that “place” and “place of leadership” were verbally connected, perhaps even a pun. But that type of link does not exist between ἔπαυλις and ἐπισκοπή.
ESV uses “camp,” drawing presumably on טִירָה. The RSV had “habitation” (also KJV), changed to “homestead” in the NRSV. Others have “dwelling” (HCSB),”house” (NET), and “home” (NLT).
My preference would be for “house” to keep the personal nature of what will be deserted, and thereby avoid the false concordance.