[b-greek] Re: OUSIN in Phil 1:1

From: Noel & Mary Fitzpatrick (njfitzpatrick@eircom.net)
Date: Sat Mar 10 2001 - 15:36:37 EST

OUSIN EN FILIPPOIS'. In most translations OUSIN is given as 'who
are'. Other translations give 'that are', 'which are' or 'qui sunt', while

some versions omit a translation. OUSIN is the present participle
active dative masculine second person plural.

A search found three other examples in the NT, which are Eph 1:1,
2Cor 1:1 and Romans 1:7. In all of these 'who are' is the most
common translation of OUSIN.

Thus none of the usual translations show that OUSIN is second
person. Would 'you who are' or, preferably, 'you being' be
preferred translations?

Explicitly using the second person 'you' makes the translation more
personal, warm and intimate. Secondly 'being' rather than 'who are'
uses one word rather than two words and shows more clearly that
OUSIN is a present active participle, agreeing with hAGIOIS in
number, gender and case.

Thus would an appropriate translation be '... to all the saints in Christ
Jesus, you being in Philippi....'?

Noel J Fitzpatrick
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