The apostle Paul writing (God speaking via scripture...The
Word) to the Jesus believers at the church in Ephesus.
Wycliffe Bible of
1384: 2:8 For bi grace ye ben sauyd bi feith, and this
not of you; for it is the yifte of God,
2:9 not of werkis, that no man
King James Bible of 1611:
8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works,
lest any man should boast.
NAS Bible of 1960: 8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result
of works, so that no one may boast.
NIV Bible 1973-78: 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9not by works,
so that no one can boast.
From my nephew in seminary, translating the Greek:
"I did my study of the Greek of Ephesians 2. It's quite interesting. I'll try to explain it
as best as I can. Make sure that you have Ephesians 2 open while you read
this. It will help. The demonstrative pronoun ("that") in Ephesians 2:8 actually has a
neuter gender in Greek. In Greek, pronouns must match with their antecedents in gender
(masculine, feminine, neuter) and number (singular, plural). Both words "grace"
and 'faith' are feminine in Greek, so it is rather impossible to say that the
'that' is pointing to either of them specifically. Rather, often times in Greek
when a writer wants to refer to a whole idea he will use the neuter gender. So
the antecedent of the demonstrative pronoun 'that' in this passage is
actually pointing to the whole idea 'For by grace are you saved through faith.'
"I brought this up with one of my Greek
professors and pointed out that we probably should not use this passage to point
to exclusively as faith as being the gift. He agreed with me. But notice that
this does not disregard our faith as a gift of God. By using the 'that' to point
to the whole idea that "by grace are we saved through faith" Paul is saying more.
Our whole status of being children of God is "not of ourselves, it is a gift of
God, not of works."
check out the Highest
(posted 11 January 2004)