Bill Mounce

For an Informed Love of God

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Ephesians 1:4-5 was re-translated in 1901 most editions I checked except KingJames. I've added the words in english for ones we haven't learned in class. But I thought this was an interesting exercise because the interpretation requires more than good Greek translation skills. Even in Greek one has to interpret the meaning based on the context of the whole scripture.

καθὼς ἐξελέξατο (he chose) ἡμᾶς ἐν αὐτῷ πρὸ καταβολῆς (foundation) κόσμου εἶναι (to be) ἡμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους (blameless) κατενώπιον (before) αὐτοῦ ἐν ἀγάπῃ προορίσας (having predestined) ἡμᾶς εἰς υἱοθεσίαν (adopted children) διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ εἰς αὐτόν κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν (good pleasure) τοῦ θελήματος (will or desire) αὐτοῦ