From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Oct 08 1997 - 12:07:03 EDT
At 10:56 AM -0500 10/8/97, Ronald Wong wrote:
>hello again. Please help.
>Rom 1.24 DIO PAREDWKEN AUTOUS hO QEOS EN TAIS EPIQUMIAIS TWN KARDIWN
>AUTOWN EIS AKAQARSIAN *TOU* ATIMAZESQAI TA SOWMATA AUTWN EN hAUTOIS,...
>where's the TOU make sense here?
>Therfore, God gave them over to uncleanlness in the lusts of the hearts
>of them . . . to dishonor the bodies of them in these (or themselves)?
The genitive with an infinitive is rather frequent in Koine Greek to
express purpose; it means exactly the same thing that a hINA + subjunctive
clause would do. Originally there was a preposition (hENEKA) requiring the
genitive that meant "for the sake of"; this came gradually to be omitted
and the articular infinitive in the genitive case came to be a construction
SO: When you see a TOU + infinitive (and no countermanding indicators), you
can usually be sure that it's an infinitive of purpose; translate the
infinitive as "in order to xxx". So here, "in order to dishonor their own
Carl W. Conrad
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