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Fervent prayer, part 2….

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint. – Luke 18:1b

Here’s the way this verse looks with my limited study of it: The phrase, “men ought” is included in this English phrase of this verse as, “to this end, that men ought.” So we will need to review the whole verse, which is, And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. “To this end, that men ought” is “dei” in the original – one little word. That’s it, “dei.” Hmmm…let me do a little research on this word, “dei.” Thayer Definition:

1) it is necessary, there is need of, it behooves, is right and proper

1a) necessity lying in the nature of the case

1b) necessity brought on by circumstances or by the conduct of others toward us.

1c) necessity in reference to what is required to attain some end

1d) a necessity of law and command, of duty, equity

Part of Speech: verb (in this verse, it is in present tense, infinitive mood – The Greek infinitive mood in most cases corresponds to the English infinitive, which is basically the verb with “to” prefixed, as “to believe.” Like the English infinitive, the Greek infinitive can be used like a noun phrase (“It is better to live than to die”), as well as to reflect purpose or result.)

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: third person singular active present of G1210 (“dei” comes from “deo” – let’s take at look at it, also.)


Thayer Definition:

1) to bind tie, fasten

1a) to bind, fasten with chains, to throw into chains

1b) metaphorically

to bind, put under obligation, of the law, duty etc.

So, the word, “men” has been supplied by the translators, as well as “ought.” “Ought” would indicate subjunctive mood – which is a maybe or maybe not situation.
Dei” is in infinitive mood which is used with the prefix, “to;” and can reflect purpose or result.

Ah, ha—-that means that this parable our Lord tells to ears that can hear in this chapter has purpose and intent. I think that because this is in 3rd person, that it indicates that praying (according to the upcoming parable) is being emphasized as an absolute requirement; especially to be joined with perseverance.


June 8, 2011 - Posted by | Fervent prayer

1 Comment »

  1. Very clear and direct. I learned some things from this blog.

    Comment by Bob Patterson | June 8, 2011 | Reply

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