From: Ben Crick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jan 16 2000 - 17:45:01 EST
On Sun 15 Jan 2000 (16:53:14), email@example.com wrote:
> There are two options for the syntax (so also Charles, *Revelation*,
> 2:207-208). Either
> 1) the prepositional phrase is the compliment of ESTAI, making AUTWN
> QEOS a pendent nomintative ("God himself shall be with them--their God"
> [or "as their God"]), or
> 2) the prepostional phrase modifies O QEOS, and the compliment of ESTAI
> is AUTWN QEOS ("[the] God [who is] with them shall be their God" or
> "*God with them* shall be their God").
Your option 1(b) seems the most natural:
KAI AUTOS hO QEOS MET' AUTWN ESTAI AUTWN QEOS
and God Himself shall be with them [as] their God
Or, better English, "God Himself, their God, shall be with them".
This would agree with Leviticus 20:6-7, QHSW THN DIAQHKHN MOU EN hUMIN...
KAI ESOMAI hUMIN QEOS, KAI hUMEIS ESESQE MOU LAOS;
and Jeremiah 38(31):33 ESOMAI AUTOIS EIS QEON, KAI AUTOI ESONTAI MOI
and Ezekiel 37:27 ESTAI hH KATASKHNWSIS MOU EN AUTOIS, KAI ESOMAI AUTOIS
QEOS, KAI AUTOI MOU ESONTAI LAOS;
and Zechariah 8:8 KATASKHNWSW EN MESWi IEROUSALHM, KAI ESONTAI MOI EIS
LAON, KAGW ESOMAI AUTOIS EIS QEON EN ALHQEIAi KAI EN DIKAIOSUNHi.
I picture John on Patmos without access to the Scriptures, yet hearing
this thunderous Voice summing up the above prophecies in a new prophecy
for the New Covenant, substituting LAOI (Revelation 21:3b) for the Old
Testament LAOS (singular). Thus the prophecy of Isaiah to the Servant is
to be fulfilled (Isaiah 49:6), echoed by Simeon in Luke 2:32. Not for the
children of Israel only, but for the Gentiles also.
-- Revd Ben Crick, BA CF <firstname.lastname@example.org> 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK) http://www.cnetwork.co.uk/crick.htm
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