The second paragraph of the shema begins with "and it will come to pass that if you continually hearken to my commandments..."

Apparently shomo-a tishm'u means continually hearken but I would like to know specifically what each of those words means. They both have the same shin mem ayin stem in them, the second one just has a tav thrown on the beginning and a vav tossed on to the end, so they should mean something very similar. Thanks.

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    Hebrew uses a repetition of a verb for emphasis or to mean surely or continually. Thus the literal English is "hear you will hear" Jan 28, 2016 at 2:07
  • More like "hearing you will hear".
    – intuit
    Jan 29, 2016 at 15:55

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The first word is the infinitive and the second word is the future (second-person plural) of the same verb, to listen/hear.

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    More specifically, the infinitive absolute and the imperfect.
    – magicker72
    Feb 28, 2016 at 1:52

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