ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Thu Nov 15 13:29:16 EST 2001
On Wed 14 Nov 2001 (22:17:13), justinrogers35 at hotmail.com wrote in an HTML
> Dear fellow Greek students, I am a bit perplexed about an issue I came across > recently. In Matthew 19:9, MH is used rather
> than EAV MH. Many English translations use "except" in this verse. This is > not a proper translation of MH. Is this
> something that can be justified? I also find it interesting that in Mark's
> parallel account of this passage, the "except clause" is
> left out entirely (Mk. 10:11-12). Jesus also mentions that his intent is to
> restore the principals from Creation. The "except
> clause" wasn't in God's original plan. In addition, Romans 7:2-3, a passage
> that obviously permits remarriage on the grounds
> of a spouse's death, is very clear. What is the significance of the unclear > language in Matthew19:9?
You'll find a whole lot about this in the Archives. But briefly, regardless
of which doctrinal position you wish to espouse, you need to compare Matthew
5:31-32. hOS AN APOLUSHi THN GUNAIKA AUTOU, DOTW AUTHh *APOSTASION*.
EGW DE LEGW hUMIN hOTI PAS hO APOLUWN THN GUNAIKA AUTOU *PAREKTOS LOGOU
PORNEIAS* POIEI AUTHN MOICEUQHNAI, KAI hOS EAN APOLELUMEMHN GAMHSHi MOICATAI.
The APOSTASION is that mentioned in Deuteronomy 24:1, SeFeR K:RiYThuTh or
BIBLION APOSTASIOU (verse 3 in LXX). The LOGOU PORNEIAS is the phrase
`eRWaTh DaBaR in the same verse, ASCHMON PRAGMA in LXX. The Hebrew phrase
means roughly "the nudity word", a neat euphemism for sexual infidelity,
and corresponding precisely with LOGOU PORNEIAS.
Compare MH EPI PORNEIAi (Matthew 19:9) with PAREKTOS LOGOU PORNEIAS (Matthew
5:32). Jerome puts /nisi ob fornicationem/ for MH EPI PORNEIAi. So that is
where the King James and many other English versions get "except..." from.
See also Bruce Metzger's note in his /A Textual Commentary on the Greek New
Testament/, 2nd edition, UBS, 1994, p 38.
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF
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