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Luke 11:49-51

11:49 For this reason also the wisdom 1  of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ 11:50 so that this generation may be held accountable 2  for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 3  of the world, 4  11:51 from the blood of Abel 5  to the blood of Zechariah, 6  who was killed 7  between the altar and the sanctuary. 8  Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 9  this generation.

1 sn The expression the wisdom of God is a personification of an attribute of God that refers to his wise will.

2 tn Or “that this generation may be charged with”; or “the blood of all the prophets… may be required from this generation.” This is a warning of judgment. These people are responsible for the shedding of prophetic blood.

3 tn Or “foundation.” However, this does not suggest a time to the modern reader.

4 tn The order of the clauses in this complicated sentence has been rearranged to simplify it for the modern reader.

5 sn Gen 4:10 indicates that Abel’s blood cried out for justice.

6 sn It is not clear which Zechariah is meant here. It is probably the person mentioned in 2 Chr 24:20-25.

7 tn Or “who perished.”

8 tn Or “and the temple”; Grk “and the house,” but in this context a reference to the house of God as a place of sanctuary.

9 tn Or “required from.”

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