I Need Help With Certain Persons

I am looking for a continuous text in the Hebrew Bible where the grammatical subject changes from second person to third person (or the other way around) unexpectedly and with no indication that the actual subject has changed. I’m pretty sure there are a couple such texts but just now I can’t find a single example.
I’m seeking something in the form:
     Instruction 2nd person (You shall)
     Instruction 2nd person (You shall)
     Instruction 3rd person (He/She/It shall)
where there is no reason other than the grammar to think that the subject of the last instruction is different from the subject of the first two. While for my purposes it would be ideal, the text need not be a set of instructions. It only needs to have an unexpected change in grammatical person.
Something like
     Instruction 2nd person (You shall)
     Action 3rd person (He/She/It did)
is not what I’m looking for.
If the text is composite, so much the better. I’ll let you know why I’m asking in a future post. That post will be more meaningful if I can find a good biblical example. I’m still looking but I thought one of you might remember something that I’ve so far missed.

5 thoughts on “I Need Help With Certain Persons”

  1. Job 13 switches without warning from Job quoting and speaking to the comforters to Job speaking to God.
    I am sure there are more in Job – here he imitates the psalmist who frequently does the same. Job 7 similar. Also Job 9 but in 10 it is not sudden.

  2. Bob,
    Thanks for the suggestions. Job 13 is an interesting example but not quite on target. There is not a change in person, even grammatical person, either on the part of the speaker or to whom he speaks. In Job 13, I don’t think Job is actually ever speaking to El. I think he is saying that he’d much rather be taking his case directly to El rather than putting up with his so called comforters, whose point he understands better than they do; whose point he summarily rejects. Job 7, 9 and 10 are still further afield. I do thank you for the suggestions and will look at them a little more closely in the next day or two. Please keep those suggestions coming.

  3. You are welcome, Duane – how about the opening aleph part of Psalm 119? I sense I am hearing a switch from description to prayer – but you sound like you are looking for something a bit different.
    This is my rendering (I did the whole thing as an acrostic in English)
    — 3rd person
    All joy for those who are the complete of the way
    who walk in the teaching of יְהוָה
    All joy for those observing his testimonies
    they seek him with their whole heart
    Also they do no injustice
    they walk in his ways
    — switch to 2nd person
    And you commanded your precepts
    to keep with care
    Ah that my ways were directed
    to keep your statutes
    And then I would not be ashamed
    to gaze on all your commandments
    And I will praise you with an upright heart
    when I learn the judgments of your righteousness
    And I will keep Your statutes
    you will not forsake me for ever

  4. Bob, in context, Psalm 119:4 does show the kind of switch in grammatical person that I’m looking for.
    Rochelle, Psalm 23:5 is also a very good example of an unexpected change in person from its surrounding context.
    Thanks to both of you. I’m not sure how these fit into the thing I am working on but they may. I am hoping to find an example in a less poetic context but one must work with what one has. Since I purposely haven’t told you (yet) what I am working on, you have know way of knowing my underlying motives.

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