ἔφη· ἐγὼ φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ· εὐθύνατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου, καθὼς εἶπεν Ἠσαΐας ὁ προφήτης.
ἔφη· ἐγὼ φωνὴ βοῶντος
- εφη is a third person singular verb from φημι. It is imperfect tense. Since it is quite irregular, don’t spend any additional time on it. Translate it as, “He said…”
- εγω is the subject of the clause; φωνη is a PN. You have to supply some form of ειμι in your translation.
Treat this participle just as if it were a genitive noun: “…voice of one crying…” (cf. GGBB p. 621)
ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ·
εὐθύνατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου,
There are two things noteworthy about ευθυνατε:
- Its mood – imperative.
- This verb is aorist tense, but where is the tense formative? This is what is called a liquid verb. The stem is ευθυν- which you can see ends in a nasal which is a liquid letter. Because of this, the tense formative is not σα but α. There is no connecting vowel in liquid verbs.
καθὼς εἶπεν Ἠσαΐας ὁ προφήτης.
ο προφητης is in apposition to Ησαιας. Ησαιας is the subject of what verb?
Καὶ ἀπεσταλμένοι ἦσαν ἐκ τῶν Φαρισαίων.
απεσταλμενοι ησαν is what is called a periphrastic construction. This simply means that a form of ειμι is being used with a participle to form the main verb. We do the same thing in English with our progressive tense. Since we have an imperfect form of ειμι with a perfect participle, the meaning is pluperfect (see BBG 30.14). So we will translate this as,
“They had been sent by the pharisees.”
Notice the possible uses for εκ. Here it is clearly used in the sense of “means”; “…sent by the Pharisees.”
καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· τί οὖν βαπτίζεις εἰ σὺ οὐκ εἶ ὁ χριστὸς οὐδὲ Ἠλίας οὐδὲ ὁ προφήτης;
Note the evolution of ἠρώτησαν:
τί οὖν βαπτίζεις εἰ σὺ οὐκ εἶ ὁ χριστὸς οὐδὲ Ἠλίας οὐδὲ ὁ προφήτης;
|εἰ σὺ οὐκ εἶ ὁ χριστὸς οὐδὲ Ἠλίας οὐδὲ ὁ προφήτης||τι ουν βαπτιζεις|
|if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet,||then why do you baptize?|
εἰ in this verse cannot be distinguished from εἶ simply on the basis of spelling.
The second is the second person plural form of ειμι.
χριστος, ηλιας, and προφητης are PNs.