12:19 And I will say to myself, 1 “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’
12:45 But if 2 that 3 slave should say to himself, 4 ‘My master is delayed 5 in returning,’ and he begins to beat 6 the other 7 slaves, both men and women, 8 and to eat, drink, and get drunk,
1 tn Grk “to my soul,” which is repeated as a vocative in the following statement, but is left untranslated as redundant.
2 tn In the Greek text this is a third class condition that for all practical purposes is a hypothetical condition (note the translation of the following verb “should say”).
3 tn The term “that” (ἐκεῖνος, ekeino") is used as a catchword to list out, in the form of a number of hypothetical circumstances, what the possible responses of “that” servant could be. He could be faithful (vv. 43-44) or totally unfaithful (vv. 45-46). He does not complete his master’s will with knowledge (v. 47) or from ignorance (v 48). These differences are indicated by the different levels of punishment in vv. 46-48.
4 tn Grk “should say in his heart.”
5 tn Or “is taking a long time.”
6 sn The slave’s action in beginning to beat the other slaves was not only a failure to carry out what was commanded but involved doing the exact reverse.
7 tn The word “other” is not in the Greek text, but is implied.
8 tn Grk “the menservants and the maidservants.” The term here, used in both masculine and feminine grammatical forms, is παῖς (pais), which can refer to a slave, but also to a slave who is a personal servant, and thus regarded kindly (L&N 87.77).