Re: 2 Thess. 3:10--MH + Present Imperative = Stop That?

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Nov 24 1998 - 06:45:36 EST

At 7:32 PM -0600 11/23/98, Edgar Foster wrote:
>Dear B-Greekers,
>I am still wrestling with the significance of present imperatives. One
>such example is 2 Thess. 3:10:
>Can this verse rightfully be translated as a command to stop doing a
>certain action? I.e., "if anyone isn't willing to work, let him STOP

I don't really see any alternative, unless you understand "he is not to
continue eating" or "he is not to go on eating" to mean something different
from "he is to stop eating." I rather think these all point to the same

Carl W. Conrad
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