John 1:3-5

Joe Crane JoeCrane at
Sun Oct 7 16:38:44 EDT 2001

I have been working on my translation of John to keep up with Greek until
seminary.  This passage presents an odd dialogue when read in the English.
To paraphrase, Mary says to her son, "We ran out of wine." He returns, "What
have I to do with you, woman." And, she replies by telling servants to do
whatever Jesus tells them to do.

It looks as if several sentences were deleted; so, for now, I am thinking
verse 4 "TI EMOI KAI SOI, GUVAI; OUPW NKEI N WPA MOU" may possibly be an
idiom.  Below, I have added some of my own research on the verse 5.  I was
hoping it would help explain the structure; however, I am thinking verse 4
may be the key.

Any help in understanding this passage would be greatly appreciated.

Verse 5:

TI AV LEGN UMIV POINSATE (whatever he says to do, do)

LEGN- 2nd, singular, middle, future, indicative

IAW BAGD, when AV is used with a future sense in apodosis, it is used to
"show that the condition and its results are thought of as in the future of
a single and repeated action." (BAGD 48)

Joe Crane
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