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Luke 14:29-30

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14:29 Otherwise, 1  when he has laid 2  a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 3  all who see it 4  will begin to make fun of 5  him. 14:30 They will say, 6  ‘This man 7  began to build and was not able to finish!’ 8 

1 tn Grk “to complete it, lest.” Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation and ἵνα μήποτε ({ina mhpote, “lest”) has been translated as “Otherwise.”

2 tn The participle θέντος (qentos) has been taken temporally.

3 tn The words “the tower” are not in the Greek text, but are implied. Direct objects were frequently omitted in Greek when clear from the context.

4 tn The word “it” is not in the Greek text, but is implied. Direct objects were frequently omitted in Greek when clear from the context.

5 tn Or “mock,” “ridicule.” The person who did not plan ahead becomes an object of joking and ridicule.

6 tn Grk “make fun of him, saying.”

7 sn The phrase this man is often used in Luke in a derogatory sense; see “this one” and expressions like it in Luke 5:21; 7:39; 13:32; 23:4, 14, 22, 35.

8 sn The failure to finish the building project leads to embarrassment (in a culture where avoiding public shame was extremely important). The half completed tower testified to poor preparation and planning.



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