Quartz Hill School of Theology

Lesson 29: Verbs of the -μι conjugation


διδωμι     I give
ἱστημι     I stand
τιθημι     I place, I put

Assignment: Memorize the vocabulary above.

Verbs of the -μι conjugation are fairly frequent in the New Testament. The student will easily recognize them because they will not have a stem that is relatively easy to spot! For instance, the stem of λυω is λυ, while the stem of διδωμι is δο, and the stem of ἱστημι is στα, and the stem of τιθημι is θε.

So, when you are translating along and you cannot seem to locate a word in the dictionary, look to see if it is -μι verb.

The endings of the -μι verb are in the present indicative are:

-μι    -μεν
-ς    -τε
-τι    -ασι

These verbs can be easily enough recognized as regular (in their irregularity!).

ASSIGNMENT: Translate I John 2:7-11:

7 Ἀγαπητοί, οὐκ ἐντολὴν καινὴν γράφω ὑμῖν, ἀλλ’ ἐντολὴν παλαιὰν ἣν εἴχετε ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς· ἡ ἐντολὴ ἡ παλαιά ἐστιν ὁ λόγος ὃν ἠκούσατε.
8 πάλιν ἐντολὴν καινὴν γράφω ὑμῖν, ὅ ἐστιν ἀληθὲς ἐν αὐτῷ καὶ ἐν ὑμῖν, ὅτι ἡ σκοτία παράγεται καὶ τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινὸν ἤδη φαίνει.
9 Ὁ λέγων ἐν τῷ φωτὶ εἶναι καὶ τὸν ἀδελφὸν αὐτοῦ μισῶν ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ ἐστὶν ἕως ἄρτι.
10 ὁ ἀγαπῶν τὸν ἀδελφὸν αὐτοῦ ἐν τῷ φωτὶ μένει, καὶ σκάνδαλον ἐν αὐτῷ οὐκ ἔστιν·
11 ὁ δὲ μισῶν τὸν ἀδελφὸν αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ ἐστὶν καὶ ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ περιπατεῖ, καὶ οὐκ οἶδεν ποῦ ὑπάγει, ὅτι ἡ σκοτία ἐτύφλωσεν τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ.

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