Question: Is the phrase "and wist not what" in Gilbert Hunt's ''The Late War'' a "rare phrase"?

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Question: Is the phrase "and wist not what" in Gilbert Hunt's The Late War a "rare phrase"?

The critics note that "These phrases are rare—meaning that they are not found in other contemporary books of Joseph's time, and that they are not found in the King James Version of the bible" [1]

Chris Johnson, Duane Johnson, ""A Comparison of The Book of Mormon and The Late War Between the United States and Great Britain," http://wordtreefoundation.github.io/thelatewar/

In order to make this a "rare phrase," the critics must append the word "and" to it

  • The Late War 15:36: "another, and wist not what to say"
  • Book of Mormon, Helaman 9:30, 3: "and wist not what to say"
  • Book of Mormon, Nephi 11:8: "another, and wist not what"

Similar phrases are found in the Bible

  • Mark 9:6: "he wist not what to say"
  • Exodus 16:15: "they wist not what it was"


Notes

  1. Chris Johnson, Duane Johnson, ""A Comparison of The Book of Mormon and The Late War Between the United States and Great Britain," http://wordtreefoundation.github.io/thelatewar/