2 Timothy 2:25

Correcting (paideuonta). See Titus 2:12 . "Schooling" (Parry). Oppose themselves (antidiatiqemenou). Present middle (direct) participle of antidiatiqhmi, late double compound (Diodorus, Philo) to place oneself in opposition, here only in N.T. If peradventure God may give (mh pote dwih o qeo). Here Westcott and Hort read the late form of the second aorist active optative of didwmi for the usual doih as they do in Titus 1:18 . But there it is a wish for the future and so regular, while here the optative with mh pote in a sort of indirect question is used with a primary tense dei (present) and parallel with an undoubted subjunctive ananhpswsin, while in Luke 3:15 mh pote eie is with a secondary tense. Examples of such an optative do occur in the papyri (Robertson, Grammar, p. 989) so that we cannot go as far as Moulton does and say that we "must" read the subjunctive dwh here (Prolegomena, pp. 55, 193). Repentance (metanoian). "Change of mind" ( 2 Corinthians 7:10 ; Romans 2:4 ). Unto the knowledge of the truth (ei epignwsin alhqeia). Paul's word "full knowledge" ( 1:9 ).