1. 1st class…“If and it’s assumed to be true” …assumed reality.
(ei with indicative in protasis; any mood or tense in the apodosis).
Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Mark 4:23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
2. 2nd class…“If and it’s assumed not to be true” …assumed unreality.
(ei with indicative in protasis; an with indicative in apodosis).
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
3. 3rd Class…“If and it might or might not be true” …condition of uncertainty and possibility.
(ean with subjunctive in the protasis; any mood or tense in the apodosis).
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
4. 4th Class…“If and I wish it were true” …condition of wishful desirability.
(ei with optative).
Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.
1 Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled.
*Each of these are viewed from the perspective of the writer.