Scott Lawson wrote:Could it be Englished as "continue letting yourselves be comforted?"
What I'm truly interested in is whether or not it is implied that there is an inability/resistance to continue recieving comfort?
Scott Lawson wrote:What is the force of παρακαλεῖσθε at 2 Corinthians 13:11?
The present tense in imperatives is usually to command the action as an ongoing process. (I learned this from Carl in another post. Thanks Carl!)
It is also passive which indicates that there is comfort that is being given from an outside source.
Could it be Englished as "continue letting yourselves be comforted?"
cwconrad wrote:Text: 2 Cor 13:11 Λοιπόν, ἀδελφοί, χαίρετε, καταρτίζεσθε, παρακαλεῖσθε, τὸ αὐτὸ φρονεῖτε, εἰρηνεύετε, καὶ ὁ θεὸς τῆς ἀγάπης καὶ εἰρήνης ἔσται μεθ᾿ ὑμῶν.
All these exhortations are in the present tense and all urge upon the congregation ongoing behavioral patterns; I don't see why the continuous aspect requires any special emphasis (these are hardly exhortations to do anything once only!).
What I do not understand is why one would understand παρακαλεῖσθε as passive. It would seem to me that it's clearly reflexive, or in the plural here, reciprocal: "Encourage each other." I know that's not the way the translators want to deal with it, but why not?
2Co 13:11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
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