Robertson's Word Pictures (NT)
That I might know (eiv to gnwnai). Paul's common idiom (verse I Thessalonians 3:2), eiv to and the infinitive of purpose (second aorist ingressive active of ginwskw, come to know).
Lest by any means the tempter had tempted you (mh pwv epeirasen umav o peirazwn). Findlay takes this as a question with negative answer, but most likely negative final clause with mh pwv about a past action with aorist indicative according to the classic idiom as in Galatians 2:2 (mh pws—edramon) and Galatians 4:11 after verb of fearing (Robertson, Grammar, p. 988). It is a fear that the thing may turn out to be so about the past.
Should be (genhtai). Here the usual construction appears (aorist subjunctive with mh pwv) about the future.
Other Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) entries containing 1 Thessalonians 3:5:
1 Corinthians 13:7
1 Thessalonians 1:1
1 Thessalonians 3:1
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