WStroupe wrote:Why does the NWT translate "dia" as "on account of" at Matt. 24:22 but as "for the sake of", not once, but twice, at Mark 2:27?
Matthew 24:22 wrote:καὶ εἰ μὴ ἐκολοβώθησαν αἱ ἡμέραι ἐκεῖναι, οὐκ ἂν ἐσώθη πᾶσα σάρξ· διὰ δὲ τοὺς ἐκλεκτοὺς κολοβωθήσονται αἱ ἡμέραι ἐκεῖναι.
WStroupe wrote:The rendering "on account of" permits some measure of indirection - the "flesh" to be saved, according to the verse, does not necessarily have to equate to "the chosen ones" in that same verse. "On account of" could open the possibility that when the tribulation is cut short on account of the fact that certain "chosen ones" were present on earth at the time, some other persons (another group) would get saved in the flesh in the process, merely as a secondary effect of the cutting short of the tribulation in behalf of the chosen ones. So, in this convoluted reasoning, the chosen ones and the flesh that will be saved [on earth] would not be the same group of persons.
However, if the rendering is "for the sake of", well then the "flesh" to be saved is absolutely equated with "the chosen ones". The action (getting saved) would be performed for those very ones. This would equate the chosen ones with the flesh that gets saved.
If there exists nothing in the Greek grammar itself to drive us away from the more direct and personal "for the sake of" and toward the rendering "on account of", then I want to know and understand that fact.
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