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Luke 10:25

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

10:25 Now 1  an expert in religious law 2  stood up to test Jesus, 3  saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 4 

Luke 10:28

10:28 Jesus 5  said to him, “You have answered correctly; 6  do this, and you will live.”

1 tn Grk “And behold.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the transition to a new topic. The Greek word ἰδού (idou) at the beginning of this statement has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).

2 tn Traditionally, “a lawyer.” This was an expert in the interpretation of the Mosaic law (see also Luke 7:30, where the same term occurs).

3 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 sn The combination of inherit with eternal life asks, in effect, “What must I do to be saved?”

5 tn Grk “And he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity. Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

6 sn Jesus commends the reply (you have answered correctly). What is assumed here, given the previous context, is that he will respond to Jesus’ message, as to love God is to respond to his Son; see v. 22.

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