[B-Greek] 2 Pet 3:9 and MAKROQUMEI EIS hHMAS

Craig J newsgroupstuff at gmail.com
Thu Jun 15 12:40:10 EDT 2006

I was looking at 2 Pet 3:9 and the phrase MAKROQUMEI EIS hHMAS, and noticed
that MAKROQUMEW used EIS here (maybe only time in NT) though more often it
seems to be used with EPI (at least 4 times I think: Matt 18:26, 18:29, Luke
18:7, James 5:7; also PROS in 1 Thess 5:14).

I am wondering if there could be any significant difference between meaning
of EIS and meaning of EPI with MAKROQUMEW in 2 Pet 3:9? EPI seems to
indicate those with whom someone is being MACROQUMIA. Is it possible that
EIS could just mean 'for the sake of' or 'to the benefit of' without the
hHMAS actually being the ones responsible for the MACROQUMIA?

In otherwords, could the phrase mean "God is longsuffering (with others) for
our sakes" rather than "God is longsuffering with us"? Is the former
grammatical possible and feasible?


Craig Johnson
Brisbane, Australia
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