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Friday, May 28, 2010

Judge not lest ye be judged

In Greek: me krinete hina me krithete.

Literally, 'do not judge' (again and again, i.e., simple imperative) 'lest you be judged' (passive aorist subjunctive, i.e., judged once, implying, in other words, when you appear before God. In other words, not quite so cuddly as I thought.

'Me' is μη, i.e. 'mu eta', pronounced like 'meh' in English, but with a longer vowel. It means 'not' in commands and injunctions. And 'hina' (ινά -- I can't find a character to show the' rough breathing' or h in Greek which should be at the beginning of the word) survives in Modern Greek as 'na', and it means 'so that'. Thelo na erkhomai = I want to go, in Modern Greek,which would be not that different in classical Greek, though the pronunciation has shifted.

My head is filled with useless shit.


CynCyn said...

One man's trash is another man's treasure? Your "useless junk" was educational for me, so please continue!!!

Nigel said...

LOL. Ed (whom you know) is a classics scholar. I am a badly educated amateur!

But I'll put up another ancient Greek saying, which shows you how wise they were, all those millenia ago.