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Matt 5:37

Posted: June 11th, 2011, 4:32 am
by RussellAllen
Matt. 5:37 ἔστω δὲ ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν ναὶ ναί, οὒ οὔ· τὸ δὲ περισσὸν τούτων ἐκ τοῦ πονηροῦ ἐστίν.

Hi guys,

What is it that leads some translations to translate the last part of this verse as "comes from the evil one", rather than "comes from evil"?

Thanks

Re: Matt 5:37

Posted: June 11th, 2011, 8:18 am
by Barry Hofstetter
RussellAllen wrote:Matt. 5:37 ἔστω δὲ ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν ναὶ ναί, οὒ οὔ· τὸ δὲ περισσὸν τούτων ἐκ τοῦ πονηροῦ ἐστίν.

Hi guys,

What is it that leads some translations to translate the last part of this verse as "comes from the evil one", rather than "comes from evil"?

Thanks
It's the substantive use of τοῦ πονηροῦ. The genitive singular ending here can be either masculine or or neuter. If masculine, it refers to "the evil one." If neuter, to "evil." Which is best must be determined from context, parallel usages, and the history of interpretation.