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Luke 12:37

Context
12:37 Blessed are those slaves 1  whom their master finds alert 2  when he returns! I tell you the truth, 3  he will dress himself to serve, 4  have them take their place at the table, 5  and will come 6  and wait on them! 7 

Luke 12:43

Context
12:43 Blessed is that slave 8  whom his master finds at work 9  when he returns.

1 tn See the note on the word “slave” in 7:2.

2 tn Or “watching”; Grk “awake,” but in context this is not just being awake but alert and looking out.

3 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”

4 tn See v. 35 (same verb).

5 tn Grk “have them recline at table,” as 1st century middle eastern meals were not eaten while sitting at a table, but while reclining on one’s side on the floor with the head closest to the low table and the feet farthest away.

6 tn The participle παρελθών (parelqwn) has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.

7 sn He…will come and wait on them is a reversal of expectation, but shows that what Jesus asks for he is willing to do as well; see John 13:5 and 15:18-27, although those instances merely foreshadow what is in view here.

8 tn See the note on the word “slave” in 7:2.

9 tn That is, doing his job, doing what he is supposed to be doing.



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