[B-Greek] Aorist vs Present tense of "drink" in John

Robb Wallace robbw at calvary-tricities.org
Thu Mar 9 14:00:47 EST 2006

Hello, would the following be a correct translation of the following verses?


Jn 4:13-14  “…whoever drinks (present participle) of this water again and
again will thirst again, but whoever drinks just once (aorist subjunctive)
of the water that I will give him will never, ever thirst again (double
negative with subjunctive).”


Jn 7:37-38  “…if anyone thirsts, let him continually come (present
imperative) to Me and drink again and again (present imperative). He who
continually believes (present participle) in me…”


I’m a little confused as to why there is a change in tenses from the aorist
tense in 4:14 (one time event) to the present in 7:37 (continually) for
drinking.  Are we to only drink once or over and over? Any thoughts?


Robb Wallace

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