[B-Greek] A question from a Greek newbie

Kevin W. Woodruff cierpke at prodigy.net
Tue Apr 4 14:20:54 EDT 2006


Either interpretation might be possible. It depends on
whether you take the future tense of "keep" as a
predictive future or an imperatival future.

If you love me, then as a consequence in the future
you will keep my commandments


If you love me, then you must keep my comandments


--- Sean Kelly <seank at microsoft.com> wrote:

> I'm still working on my case endings for nouns and
> haven't even got to verbs yet and so I am whoafully
> inadequately prepared to answer this question on my
> own. I'm hoping one of you out there could help me.
> John 14:15 states "If you love Me, you will keep My
> commandments."
> The Greek looks like this. (Please excuse me, I
> don't know how to do the capital letter Greek)
> ᾿Εὰν ἀγαπᾶτέ με, τὰς
> ἐντολὰς τὰς ἐμὰς
> τηρήσατε· 
> I've always understood this verse to mean, "If you
> love Me, you will prove it by keeping my
> commandments." Someone recently commented that there
> is a different understanding something like, "If you
> focus on loving Me, keeping my commandments will
> happen automatically." They also stated that the
> Greek bears this understanding out. 
> Could anyone shed some light on this?
> Thanks for your time,
> Sean Kelly
> Husband, Father, Programmer
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