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I doubt whether the dat. χρόνῳ could be instrumental or causal here (‘not made old by time’). It rather seems to be an adverbial dat. of circumstance, ‘not growing old with time’ (as time goes on). “χρόνῳ” oft.=‘at length’ (O. C. 437).

μαρμαρόεσσαν (only here) =“μαρμαρέαν. μαρμαίρω” and its cognate adj. are applied to any sparkling or flashing light (as of sun or stars, bright eyes, gleaming metal). Cp. Il. 1.532ἀπ᾽ αἰγλήεντος Ὀλύμπου”. Blackwall A. compares the language of St Paul in 1 Tim. 6. 15 μακάριος καὶ μόνος δυνάστης...φῶς οἰκῶν ἀπρόσιτον”.

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    • New Testament, 1 Timothy, 6.15
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 437
    • Homer, Iliad, 1.532
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