Re: John 10:28

From: Steven Craig Miller (
Date: Fri Nov 05 1999 - 20:01:15 EST

<x-flowed>To: David A Bielby,

<< What is the meaning of APOLWNTAI in this sentence? Do you have any
etymological information or syntax comments on OU MH APOLWNTAI which may
impact this verse? >>

One might translate OU MH APOLWNTAI as: "they won't never perish!" <g>

The active of AP-OLLUMI means "destroy, ruin, lose," the middle means:
"perish, be destroyed, be lost." Also note that the active has the 1st
aorist form: APWLESA, but the middle has the 2nd aorst form: APWLOMHN. Thus
the subjunctive middle 2nd aorst stem is: APOL-

-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)

 From Luther's Large Catechism: "Why, do you think, is the world now so
full of unfaithfulness, shame, misery, and murder? It is because everyone
wishes to be his or her own master, be free from all authority, care
nothing for anyone, and do whatever he or she pleases. So God punishes one
knave by means of another" (BoC 386.154).

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