From: Natali (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Oct 01 2000 - 08:10:17 EDT
The most authoritative ancient Greek lexicon in Russia is the one of
A.D.Veisman (Vasman? to my regret, I don’t know correct transliteration). So
here and further I’ll try to translate from GNT UBS-4 on the ground of this
lexicon and Machen grammar (adaptation into Russian), with careful attitude,
as near as I can, towards wonderful semantic domains and constructions of
Excuse me please for my English. I natively write in Russian.
(Mt.10:34-36) closely to GNT:
“Do not think that I have come to precipitate (to cast, throw down; to
strike, injure) peace on the earth; I have not come to precipitate (…)
peace, but a sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father, … “
“To precipitate (to throw down…)” is a violent, oppressing action.
They precipitate into perplexity, dismay and depression. They can throw
down, or involve by force, only into chaos, war, terror, lawlessness and any
kind of slave dependence in circumstances.
In such manner people become offenders, however they try to justify
themselves by policy of cares for nation welfare or by holiness of struggle
for faith purity, real peace, for communism or democracy ideals…
To drive somebody in the well being kingdom by firm hand is always “to
strike and injure”, according to the ancient Greek meaning of the verb here.
It’s one’s own fall, defeat after all. And faithful for Christ can’t
participate in it.
The Spirit peace is devoid of pressure, violence or harsh thrusts. So we
have more proper words than “to precipitate”, “to strike” etc in the New
Testament for Christ’s peace that appears here gently and lovably ...
But whence is “the sword” here?
“This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world” (John.3:19)
and reveals how much we love darkness, however much our normal conditions
illness and usual imperfection are great. To many people it’s as a sword in
their hearts … More correctly, it has been there for all our life without
God’s grace. And Christ reminds about it by the allusion quotation
(Mt.10:35-36) from prophet Micah (Mic.7:6), for endless revealing and basing
of occurring events by the true Low Letter.
In what context this quotation was given? See more broad in (Mic.7:1-10).
Whether is Christ sows the seeds of dissension, confrontation, lie and
distrust even in one’s own household? Whether is He arouses and blows flame
throwing? No, He isn’t. The Son of Love comes into households in order that
people can “be born anew”, having seen their (our own) overdoing and
conceited spending out of vanity obstinacy.
Salvation Light gently descends here when commonness and insanity reigns in
the world. Then those who easy, just by themselves give examples-possibility
of other life, artlessly wise, peaceful and confidentially happy one, are
It was and will be so always. Christ is the God’s incarnation for this
primordial favor to our universe…
But another men, aggressively biased, who are ready to trample God’s
diversity, are also more noticeable in advent Light. Posing as moral
persons, they are possibly ready to be the death of uncommon clear and
therefore gifted neighbors mentioned above. And just these terrorists
“precipitate” a “sword” of forcing methods for resolution, or rather
aggravation of many problems.
So, according to the meaning of “BALEIN” here and to the GNT as a whole, the
more accurate translation-explication variant seems to be as follows:
“Do not think that I have come to precipitate peace on the earth, or to
throw it down, injuring all the good; I have not come to precipitate
whatever that may be, as not peace gains a firm hold in this way but a
sword, striking us even with the most good intentions. Sword gaining is your
own part, while My part here is such distress to be condemned and thrown
aside of one’s own accord.
For I have come, in pursuance of the Word, to show your hidden enmity with
yourselves and each other, unfitting so that you can cognize your genuine
way for recovery, first and foremost in households.”
No doubt the verse may be represented more strictly but not as opposed by
Is it so? What about the "Russian" Greek domain here?
Andrey Kirillov, physics engineer, Almaty (Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan
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