GlennDean wrote:I definitely have a hard time knowing when a verse is a question - look at Matt 6:25 (I have put the part of the verse that is the question in larger font):
Διὰ τοῦτο λέγω ὑμῖν, μὴ μεριμνᾶτε τῇ ψυχῇ ὑμῶν τί φάγητε [ἢ τί πίητε,] μηδὲ τῷ σώματι ὑμῶν τί ἐνδύσησθε: οὐχὶ ἡ ψυχὴ πλεῖόν ἐστιν τῆς τροφῆς καὶ τὸ σῶμα τοῦ ἐνδύματος; ("Therefore I say to you, 'Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?).
My question is: what in the verse would give me a clue it was a question? If you didn't know it was a question, then the translation becomes extremely awkward (for ex "Life is not more than food and the body is not more than clothing"). I had trouble with Matt 6:25, but unless I see something like an interrogative pronoun, I generally don't translate the verse as a question - the general problem I have is that so many times I don't translate a verse as a question (like in Matt 6:25) and then my translation is extremely awkward.
οὐχί 3. an interrogative word in questions that expect an affirmative answer, not? (X., Cyr. 8, 3, 46; PGrenf I, 1 I, 25 [II BC]; Gen 40:8; Judg 4:6; TestAbr B 10 p. 115, 5 [Stone p, 78]; JosAs 6:5; ApcEsdr 2:13; Just., D. 49, 2) οὐχὶ καὶ οἱ τελῶναι τὸ αὐτὸ ποιοῦσιν; Mt 5:46. Cp. vs. 47; 6:25; 10:29; Lk 6:39; 12:6; 15:8; 17:17 (v.l. οὐχ); 24:26; J 11:9; Ro 3:29; 1 Cor 1:20; Hb 1:14; 1 Cl 31:2; D 1:3. ἀλλ᾿ οὐχὶ ἐρεῖ αὐτῷ . . . ; will he not rather say to him . . . ? Lk 17:8. ἢ οὐχὶ . . . ; 1 Cl 46:6.—διὰ τί οὐχὶ μᾶλλον ἀδικεῖσθε; 1 Cor 6:7a; cp. vs. 7b. πῶς οὐχὶ . . . ; (1 Esdr 4:32; Just., D. 18, 3; 89, 3) Ro 8:32.—DELG s.v. οὐ. M-M.
GlennDean wrote:Is οὐχι the same word as οὐ, οὐκ, οὐχ ?
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