[B-Greek] Revelation 11:3 (Verb Tense)

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Sat Nov 26 08:54:16 EST 2005

@Glen: Rev 11:3

Welcome to B-Greek.  I think your friend may have been a little off, the first verb DWSW is future tense of DIDWMI which means "give."  
So you'd get "and I will give."
And the second verb PROFHTEUSOUSIN is also future, meaning and "they will prophesy."  The last verb is PERIBEBLHMENOI and that is a perfect participle of PERIBALLW which means "to put on something, normally some form of clothing."  
So there is no aorist in Rev 11:3. If an aorist were there everything would be in the past tense.

Kelton Graham 
KGRAHAM0938 at comcast.net

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> Hi B-Greek people, 
> I would really appreciate your input on a question regarding the English 
> translation from Greek of a particular verse of scripture that I'm researching. 
> Someone told me that the verb tense of Revelation 11:3, which deals with those 
> who are mysteriously called "two witnesses" (whoever they are!), is in the 
> "Aorist tense" in Greek. 
> Even after looking up and reading the definition of the "Aorist tense," and 
> since I'm just a newcomer to Greek, I would like to understand how that might 
> alter the way the verse could be translated into English. Obviously, in English 
> it is simply presented in the future tense: "And I will give power unto my two 
> witnesses, and they shall prophesy..." Therefore, in your opinion (anyone!), how 
> might the "Aorist" verb tense alter the usual translation? 
> Thanks for any help with this you can provide! 
> In Christ, 
> Glenn Allen (Bartow, FL) 
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