Heb. 12:28a

George Blaisdell maqhth at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 13 14:34:35 EDT 2001

George Blaisdell
Roslyn, WA

"Be not troubling of you the heart..."


>"So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom,
>let us give thanks..." (NET Bible)

>What first occurs to me when reading ECWMEN is that the
>author is encouraging the readers to "have" or "possess"
>something. What is the justification for taking ECWMEN
>in the sense of "giving" something.

Iver and Carl have already argued for the idiomatic understanding.  I would 
instead argue for a more literal one that has the thankfulness as implicit 
but includes what Carl calls the "notion of reciprocity".  I would argue for 
translating it as "let us be having grace", where the meaning is not the 
idiomatic 'giving thanks', but the literal having of grace.  This for the 
following reasons:

1.  The sentence continues with DI hHS, which I take to make of CARIS a 
cause of LATREUWMEN, and it is easier for me to see grace as the cause of 
service than to see gratitude as the cause for serving.  One would be 
grateful to serve, doubtless, but is gratitude, not grace, the cause?

2.  DIO BASILEIAN ASALEUTON PARALAMBANONTES is itself an ongoing reception 
of grace, so that being in ongoing reception of this grace, we should be 
appropriating it unto ourselves - eg we should be having [ECOMEN] it - And 
what is it?  CARIN - Grace.  And what should we be DOING with it??  DI hHN 
LATREUOMEN...  Through it we should be serving.

3.  The apostle seems clearly to be drawing a distinction between 
PARALAMBANONTES and ECWMEN - Between receiving [alongside] and taking in, or 
HAVING...  He is telling us [them, actually!] what to DO with what is being 
received...   That we might serve God acceptably etc.

4.  This understanding does not deny gratitude as a built-in part of this 
usage of ECWMEN CARIN, but goes well beyond the limitation imposed by MERELY 
understanding it as gratefulness.


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