Re: Ephesians 5:14

From: James H. Vellenga (
Date: Fri Jul 11 1997 - 13:53:19 EDT

>From Jim Beale:
> The translation,
> But everything which is reproved by the light is made
> manifest, because all that reveals itself is light.
> doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

I agree with Jim B. on this one. My own attempt at translating
this verse came out

  Now all things, [on] being called into account, get disclosed
  by the light, because [having] everything being disclosed [is
  what] light is.

I have hypothesized two differences of interpretation here,
and would be delighted to get feedback (or "zaps") on the
tenability of these hypotheses.

 1. I treat PAN ... TO FANEROUMENON as a noun phrase --
 something like "his coming to dinner" in "His coming
 to dinner is a real treat." Less formally, one might
 use a non-possessive, as in "Him coming to dinner" or
 "Joe coming to dinner."

 2. I treat ESTIN in a metaphoric sense, as the equivalent
 of "is the nature of." In English, one might say something
 like "Being overprotective _is_ motherhood."

This gives a justification for the "GAR/because." Loosely,
things get disclosed by the light, because that's the nature of
light -- to disclose things.


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