[B-Greek] HQELON OUN LABEIN AUTON EIS TO PLOION Jn 6:21

Elizabeth Kline kline_dekooning at earthlink.net
Fri May 30 14:23:00 EDT 2008


John 6:19 ἐληλακότες οὖν ὡς σταδίους  
εἴκοσι πέντε ἢ τριάκοντα θεωροῦσιν  
τὸν Ἰησοῦν περιπατοῦντα ἐπὶ τῆς  
θαλάσσης καὶ ἐγγὺς τοῦ πλοίου  
γινόμενον, καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν.  20 ὁ δὲ  
λέγει αὐτοῖς· ἐγώ εἰμι· μὴ  
φοβεῖσθε.  21 ἤθελον οὖν λαβεῖν αὐτὸν  
εἰς τὸ πλοῖον, καὶ εὐθέως ἐγένετο  
τὸ πλοῖον ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς εἰς ἣν  
ὑπῆγον.

JOHN 6:19 ELHLAKOTES OUN hWS STADIOUS EIKOSI PENTE H TRIAKONTA  
QEWROUSIN TON IHSOUN PERIPATOUNTA EPI THS QALASSHS KAI EGGUS TOU  
PLOIOU GINOMENON, KAI EFOBHQHSAN.  20 hO DE LEGEI AUTOIS: EGW EIMI: MH  
FOBEISQE.  21 HQELON OUN LABEIN AUTON EIS TO PLOION, KAI EUQEWS  
EGENETO TO PLOION EPI THS GHS EIS hHN hUPHGON.


The clause HQELON OUN LABEIN AUTON EIS TO PLOION has been understood  
by some as an unfufilled wish but it might better understood as an  
answer to QEWROUSIN TON IHSOUN PERIPATOUNTA EPI THS QALASSHS KAI EGGUS  
TOU PLOIOU GINOMENON, KAI EFOBHQHSAN. First hOI MAQHATAI were fearful  
as IHSOUS approached them but after he spoke to them they were  
willing, i.e. HQELON indicating consent in contrast to fear, with no  
particular emphasis on desire or wishing. Both *LSJ 479.1 and  
*Cunliffe 106.2.a indicate that EQLEW is sometimes used of consent  
without the notion of wishing or desire. See also Moffatt's version  
"So they agreed to take him on board."


Elizabeth Kline

*Yes, I know these are not NT lexicons.





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