From: Jim West (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jan 08 2000 - 12:17:36 EST
At 11:59 AM 1/8/00 +0000, you wrote:
>The word PARAITEOMAI can be found in Heb 12 vss. 19 and 25 (twice). Could
>you answer me if it is possible to translate it with same English word in
>all of these passages? Same word in same chapter seems to speak about same
>subject. But it is usually translating in v.19 as "beg" and in v.25 as
>"refuse". Is it accurate to translate it in this way?
context, context, context, my friend. context is everything in translation.
this verb can indeed mean "ask for, request", but curiously it can also mean
the exact opposite "decline, reject, refuse" and even "avoid".
In v. 19 I think you are right to render "beg" but notice the way they are
begging- i.e., that they NOT receive a further meassage so that, in fact,
they are declining or refusing- just as in v. 25.
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