[B-Greek] Matt 6:33 a possible translation?
cwconrad2 at mac.com
Tue Nov 25 07:22:32 EST 2008
On Nov 25, 2008, at 12:50 AM, knpraise at comcast.net wrote:
> Am I way off base with this translation?
> Make this your highest priority; to be continually seeking out God's
> sovereign rule in your life as well as His divine activity and
> life's needs will be supplied.
> John Smithson
> Out of Stone/Campbell
> Fresno , California
It seems to me that you're raising a question of interpretation rather
than a specific question about the Greek text, which you haven't even
cited. Translation as such is not a primary focus of B-Greek, nor is
exegesis. If your concern is really getting a good translation, you
ought to take a question like this to the Bible-Translation list:
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If your concern is more with exegesis -- with explicating all this is
implicit within this passage and others, you ought to take a question
like this to the Biblical Exegesis list:
The text, which you have not cited, is:
Matt. 6:33 ζητεῖτε δὲ πρῶτον τὴν
βασιλείαν [τοῦ θεοῦ] καὶ τὴν
δικαιοσύνην αὐτοῦ, καὶ ταῦτα πάντα
ZHTEITE DE PRWTON THN BASILEIAN [TOU QEOU] KAI THN DIKAIOSUNHN AUTOU,
KAI TAUTA PANTA PROSTEQHSETAI hUMIN.
You have offered a very free paraphrase rather than a translation; the
item that seems most questionable in your version is "His divine
activity" as an expression of THN DIKAIOSUNHN AUTOU, which I think
rather points -- certainly in a Matthean context -- to the area of
what God requires of his people in right behavior.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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