[B-Greek] Do not resist an evil doer.

kgraham0938 at comcast.net kgraham0938 at comcast.net
Sat Jul 28 18:48:55 EDT 2007

Hello, I don't think so.  I think it is more appropiate to translate PONHROS as a substantive (see BDAG pg 851). Otherwise, the command would be not to resist evil and that would not make any sense.  Secondly, PONHROS does not appear twice, so I don't think you could say do not resist evil with evil.  And lastly, if we look at other instances the word appears in Matthew it is usually personified.  Such as Matt 13:49 (the evil ones) along with Matt 5:37; 6:13;13:19;38.

Kelton Graham 
KGRAHAM0938 at comcast.net

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From: "M Andreolli" <MAndreolli at calvarydc.org> 

> Is it legitimate/accurate to translate the Greek in Matthew 5:39 to "Do not 
> resist evil with evil"? 
> Thanks, 
> Mary Andreolli 
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