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Acts 7:46

Dear all,

Is there a way to tell when a dative form of X is used with the meaning “for X”? I have always taken it to be “to X” by default when used as an adverb of a verb unless the verb does not allow “to X”. Does the meaning of such a dative depend on the verb alone? An example would be Acts 7:46-49: “… and requested to find [a] tabernacle for the God of Jacob, but Solomon builded for him [a] house … the heaven [is] [a] throne for me … what house will you build for me?”

David Lim

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