Re: Romans 12:9-19 Imperatival participles

A. Brent Hudson (
Mon, 23 Dec 1996 13:44:35 -0000

Why not take v.9 as a simple sentence: "Love is without
hypocrisy" and the participles as picking up on this with a
further description of AGAPH. Thus, one could add the words "it
is" with each participle to point it back to v.9.

Love is without hypocrisy--hating evil, clinging to good,
[it is] devoted with respect to brotherly love.
[It] outdoes the other with respect to honour.
[It is]...

Thus the particles are descriptive not imperatival in nature.
Still, I have this nagging feeling that I have missed something
simple. Perhaps someone could point out the error of my ways. .
.this solution seems too simple to be correct. :-)

Brent Hudson
Pastor, Kincardine Baptist Church
Kincardine, ON, Canada