[B-Greek] Hebrews 13.2... now it's deponent, not it's not

yancywsmith at sbcglobal.net yancywsmith at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 15 02:58:49 EDT 2009

  Iver wrote:

> There is a curious form in the LXX:
> 2 Sam 18:13: καὶ πᾶς ὁ λόγος οὐ λήσεται  
> ἀπὸ τοῦ βασιλέως
> It looks like a future middle, but why it is middle, I don't know.  
> It does not
> seem to mean "forget" here.

This verb is intransitive and truly middle and should not be  
understood as "forget" but "to escape notice," as Carl suggested, but  
in this case no participle expresses any action the subject is doing  
while not escaping notice, but "happens" can be understood. PAS hO  
LOGOS is the subject. In this case the Hebrew source text suggested a  
more classical understanding of the verb and its niph'al form  
suggested the middle. Intransitive niph'al's sometimes come across to  
Greek as middles or reflexives.

Yancy Smith, PhD
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allegorical in proportion as it 'comes to life'; since each of us is  
an allegory, embodying in a particular tale and clothed in the  
garments of time and place, universal truth and everlasting life.
	J.R.R. Tolkien (7 June 1955)

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