I am reading Rodney Decker's Koine Greek Reader, and much enjoying it. On page 69, with regard to verse 9, he asks:
I would have said that ἀληθινοὶ is in the predicative position, having no article before it (there is a manuscript variant with οἱ but it's not generally read, and Decker does not have it). So I would have said:Which nominative in the last clause is the subject and which is the predicative nominative? How do you know? (There is both an adjective and a genitive modifying λόγοι.)
These words of God are true.
But Decker says that there is an adjective modifying λόγοι, and the only one available is ἀληθινοὶ, so it looks like he is reading it as:
These are the true words of God
which is also how almost all the translations have it (except HCSB). But I don't understand why. Could someone enlighten me? Thanks,