Martha Sandino wrote:Thanks, Stephen, for your reply!
I agree that θέλοντος and τρέχοντος rhyme, and that ἐλεοῦντος really doesn't . . .
This started for me by looking at different Biblical translations of this verse: I seemed to notice that different translators had to make a choice as to whether they would translate the word literally as "runs" (KJV, NASB), or would translate aiming at the significance / context, and pick a word like "effort" or "exertion" (NIV, ESV).
I wondered why Paul would choose τρέχοντος and leave future interpreters with dilemma -- why not use a word more clearly related to the meaning, why the dancing around with the meaning? What does running have to do with mercy, anyway?
After several ponders and reading alouds, it occurred to me that τρέχοντος really did seem to rhyme with θέλοντος, causing me to wonder if Paul uses rhyming for emphasis? It does seem to me that he's much more poetic than John (who's John 1 and 1 John make for marvelous, straightforward, elementary study texts).
Do you have any other specific examples where Paul, as you said, uses word play?
Rookie that I am, I keep thinking that those who don't study Greek are missing out on so very much!
Stephen Carlson wrote:θέλοντος and τρέχοντος rhyme, yes, but not ἐλεοῦντος.
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