Hebrew 13:4

33BRINDLE at cua.edu 33BRINDLE at cua.edu
Thu Nov 18 12:40:10 EST 1999


On Thu, 18 Nov 1999, David Scherer wrote:

> The first clause of this verse is usually translate as a jussive, "Let
> marriage be honorable in all...."  Why is the preferable to translating it
> as a simple declarative by supplying a copula, "Marriage is honorable in
> all..."?

Heb 13:4 appears in a context of other imperatives:

v 1:  MENETW
v 2:  EPLANQANESQE
v 3:  MIMNHSKESQE
v 7:  MNHMONEUETE
etc.

13 of the 29 imperatives in Hebrews are in chap. 13.  There is also a 
verbless clause in 13:5a.  Using an imperative form of a copula (e.g., 
ESTW) in translating these two clauses is consistent with the parenetic 
tone of the chapter.

Hope this helps!

Robert Brindle
Ph.D. Student, Biblical Studies
The Catholic University of America
Washington, D.C.



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