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The emphasis of the drosh is on scholars in particular, bringing peace to the world, and there was already an established metaphor likening scholars to builders - see the Mishna, Mikvaot 9:6, where "בנאים" is constrasted with "בור" (and the Bartenura there, who explains).


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I thought this was an interesting pshat from Erel Segal-Halevi (a fellow Yodeyan!). In context, the psukim (Yeshayahu 54:11-17) are talking about building Jerusalem. So bonayikh means the builders of Jerusalem. Later on (Yeshayahu 60:10), the pasuk says וּבָנוּ בְנֵי-נֵכָר חֹמֹתַיִךְ And aliens shall build up thy walls From this, we learn that ...



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