EN + dative in Eph 5:18

From: Andrew Kulikovsky (anku@celsiustech.com.au)
Date: Mon May 05 1997 - 21:23:04 EDT


In Ephesian 5:18 we read:

...but instead be filled BY the Spirit.

Most English translations translate EN PNEUMATI as "with the Spirit" as
if the *content* of the filling is the Spirit but this is normally a
function of the genitive is it not?

I think "By the Spirit" is a better translation. This means that this
verse is talking about allowing the Spirit to dominate our lives in
thought and action. ie. we should display the fruit of the Spirit (cf.
Gal. 5:22-23).

What do others think?

Andrew S. Kulikovsky B.App.Sc(Hons) MACS
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