[B-Greek] Matthew 7:9 MH
ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Sun Mar 12 16:47:02 EST 2006
On Sun 12 Mar 2006 (19:01:18 +0000), b_dehaan at sympatico.ca wrote:
> Matthew 7:9 H TIS ESTIN EC hUMWN ANQRWPOS, hON AITHSEI hO hUIOS AUTOU
> ARTON, MH LIQON EPIDWSEI AUTWi;
> This sentence seems rather strange to me.
> The question is TIS; What man would give him a stone? Yet the
> negating particle seems to be connected to LIQON and EPIDWSEI as if
> the question was- Would he give him a stone?
> To the inexperienced Greek reader that I am, the sentence seems to say;
> Which man among you, if his son will ask him for a loaf, will give
> him not a stone? (Or- will not give him a stone?)
> Any explanations?
This use of MH is a strong denial: "If his son shall ask for bread,
*surely he won't* give him a stone". the same idiom is repeated in
the next verse: H KAI ICQUN AITHSEI, MH OFIN EPIDWSEI AUTWi.
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF ZFC Hf
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