[B-Greek] 1 Timothy 5:8
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Fri Jan 16 01:07:16 EST 2004
dbielby at bloomingtonvineyard.org Pastor David Bielby writes:
EI DE TIS TWN IDIWN KAI MALISTA...1 Ti 5:8 I have a question about 1 Ti 5:8.
In this context Paul seems to be talking about women (widows)...but then
makes a statement about caring for ones family and uses the masculine
gender. Is this a universal application that really means men and women?
Or is it a masculine only application? Specifically what does TWN IDIWN mean
in this verse?
Hi Pastor David,
I take TWN IDIWN as referring to their own relatives and then what precedes
is a more narrow focus: and especially/most of all those members of his
household (MALISTA OIKEIWN).
So relatives (broad category) to ----> immediate family
Now to answer your question, both TWN IDIWN (one's own [relatives]) and
OIKEIWN (household) just generally refer to the relatives and family members
whether male or female. So it can mean grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle,
daughter, son etc. The masculinity of these words is simply agreeing with
<'\\>< laus Deo
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