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Why is הושיעה Mileel (penultimately stressed) whereas הצליחה is Milra (ultimately stressed) in Psalms 118:25?

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Another question about the same verse: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/47553 – msh210 Oct 23 '14 at 21:24
In your links both are written Milra. – Double AA Apr 7 at 17:11
Oh, I see I added that link some time back. In any event, please source your assumption (that one is Milra and one is Mileil). – Double AA Apr 7 at 17:12
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/71276 – msh210 May 15 at 6:21

Apparently, it's due to a misinterpretation of the m'sora. By the rules of grammar, both should be mil'el, but, according to the m'sora, both are mil'ra. The m'sora was misinterpreted to mean that hoshia is mil'el while hatzlicha is mil'ra, and that's the way people read it now. Source: an old mesorah-listserv thread on the topic, in particular one message from that thread, quoting Rabbi Mord'chay Breuer.

As to why the m'sora specifies an ungrammatical reading on this pasuk, I don't know, but such a circumstance is not uncommon.

EDIT: See this picture of the verse as written in the Aleppo Codex which indicates the mil'ra emphasis on each of the two words. (Note also the dagesh in both instances of the word na, which is also discussed in the listserv message linked to above.) (image of Aleppo Codex)

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` which is also discussed in the listserv message linked to above` I read all messages but do not understand what is the rule – kouty May 22 at 4:17

I've heard once that "Hatzliha na" means "you have success" and "Hatzliha na" means "make us to have success".

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