Jan 16, 2012

Actively Came Forth?

"And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go."  (John 11: 43, 44)

"Came forth" is from the Greek word "exēlthen" (from ek and erchomai) and is third person second aorist indicative active.  Why is this in the active voice?  Is not being resurrected supposed to be all passive?  Any comments?

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