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1 John 5:15

Context
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And if we know 1  that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.

XREF

Pr 15:29; Jer 15:12,13; Mr 11:24; Lu 11:9,10

NET © Notes

tn This use of ἐάν (ean) with the indicative mood rather than the subjunctive constitutes an anomalous usage. Here ἐάν is used instead of ἐι (ei) to introduce a first-class condition: “if we know (οἴδαμεν, oidamen) that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests which we have asked from him.” The reality of the condition (protasis) is assumed for the sake of argument; given the protasis, the apodosis follows. The use of ἐάν for ἐι is rare but not without precedent; see M. Zerwick (Biblical Greek §§330-31).



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