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Luke 11:39

11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 1  the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 2 

Luke 11:53-54


11:53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 3  and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 4  and to ask him hostile questions 5  about many things, 11:54 plotting against 6  him, to catch 7  him in something he might say.

1 sn The allusion to washing (clean the outside of the cup) shows Jesus knew what they were thinking and deliberately set up a contrast that charged them with hypocrisy and majoring on minors.

2 tn Or “and evil.”

3 tn Or “the scribes.” See the note on the phrase “experts in the law” in 5:21.

4 tn Or “terribly.”

5 tn For this term see L&N 33.183.

6 tn Grk “lying in ambush against,” but this is a figurative extension of that meaning.

7 tn This term was often used in a hunting context (BDAG 455 s.v. θηρεύω; L&N 27.30). Later examples of this appear in Luke 20.

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