Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentLuke 9:54
- Saw this (idontev).
- Second aorist active participle of oraw. Saw the messengers returning.
- We bid (teleiv eipwmen).
- Deliberative subjunctive eipwmen after teleiv without ina, probably two questions, Dost thou wish? Shall we bid? Perhaps the recent appearance of Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration reminded James and John of the incident in 2 Kings 1:10-12. Some MSS. add here "as Elijah did." The language of the LXX is quoted by James and John, these fiery Sons of Thunder. Note the two aorist active infinitives (katabhnai, analwsai, the first ingressive, the second effective).