How can the first and second variants both be suported by K and L?

⸀ περιφερεσθε K L |
⸁ περιπατησαντες ℵ2 C D2 K L P Ψ 0243. 33. 81. 104. 365. 630. 1175. 1241. 1505. 1739. 1881
¦ txt 46 ℵ A D co

(NA-28 apparatus; txt = περιπατοῦντες)

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Simply put, they are not variants for the same particular word in Heb. 13:9. Rather, each one is a variant of a different word.

The Greek text of the Nestle-Aland 28th edition of Heb. 13:9 reads:

Διδαχαῖς ποικίλαις καὶ ξέναις μὴ παραφέρεσθε· καλὸν γὰρ χάριτι βεβαιοῦσθαι τὴν καρδίαν, οὐ βρώμασιν ἐν οἷς οὐκ ὠφελήθησαν οἱ περιπατοῦντες.

Thus, περιφερεσθε (περιφέρεσθε) is a variant of παραφέρεσθε (the first, bold-faced word), while περιπατησαντες (περιπατήσαντες) is a variant of περιπατοῦντες (the second, bold-faced word).

Coincidentally, the Greek text of the Textus Receptus (1550) reads,

διδαχαῖς ποικίλαις καὶ ξέναις μὴ περιφέρεσθε καλὸν γὰρ χάριτι βεβαιοῦσθαι τὴν καρδίαν οὐ βρώμασιν ἐν οἷς οὐκ ὠφελήθησαν οἱ περιπατήσαντες

  • Thanks for your detailed reply. I feel silly for not realising that. At least I am unlikely to make the same mistake again.
    – Jay
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 2:23

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