[B-Greek] Third-person commands
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Tue Nov 15 07:43:52 EST 2005
>Concerning what Don was asking recently about third person commands,
>an interesting case arises in John 9:21 and its transformation in
>9:23. The question Don raised seemed to be, can a third person
>command be intended to understood as a command for a second person?
>(i.e. When Paul "commands" the unbeliever to "depart" is this
>intended to mean for the believers "not to stand in the way." The
>short answer to this question is ofcourse, it happens all the time
>and John 9:23 is an example of something very much like it. In 9:21
>the future indicative 3rd singular stands for the third person
>command. However, in 9:23 the author rephrases what the speakers had
>said as a second person command.
>HLIKIAN ECEI, AUTOS PERI hEAUTOU LALHSAI
>HLIKIAN ECEI, AUTON EPERWSATE
>Note that the author reports the second statement as a functional
>equivalent of the first,
>DIA TOUTO hOI GONEIS AUTOU EIPAN hOTI ...
HH: Not really. ERWTHSATE in verse 21 becomes EPERWTHSATE in verse 23.
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