David Lim wrote:No, I do not have BDAG. And I do not quite understand what LSJ means by "of that which is derivable from". The closest example is "π. ἀγαθοῦ, π. κακοῦ τινί ἐστι or γίγνεται, it is to one's advantage or otherwise, Arist.Mu.397a30, Arr.An.7.16.5, Hld.7.12"; I do not know how to access the first and third references but the second has "μὴ πρὸς ἀγαθοῦ οἱ εἶναι τὴν πάροδον τὴν ἐς Βαβυλῶνα ἐν τῷ τότε". From this and "ου προς της υμετερας δοξης" it seems to mean something like "this is for your salvation" / "this is with your salvation in mind". In my earlier translation, "this is to do with your salvation", I was trying to bring out the relationship more, but as Barry pointed out the original phrase is stronger.
A couple of points:
You should really get a copy of BDAG. It's essential for the level of Greek that you're at. In my experience the primary and secondary literature it cites is really useful for serious work.
For πρός + gen., BDAG defines its sense as "marker of direction or aspect from which someth. is determined, to the advantage of, advantageous of
. For Acts 27:34, it offers the translation "in the interest of [our] safety
If you use the link to LSJ at TLG http://www.tlg.uci.edu/
you should be able to look up every cited reference with a simple click. The Perseus site is older and more famous, but the TLG has a much nicer interface.
Stephen C. Carlson, Ph.D. (Duke)
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala