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κεχαριτωμένος ‘having been graced’ is a participle (verbal adjective). δικαίωσις ‘justification’ is an abstract noun. Synonyms ought at least to be the same part of speech. PS. The question changed after I wrote this.


I have always found Col 1:17 rather enigmatic. When I was pondering Sirac I was struck by the similarity of these passages and even blogged about Sirac possibly being the background of Col 1:17. However as I reconsider it I realize that "hold together", which is what most English translations have, is misleading since the word is in the perfect, not the ...

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