16:1 Jesus 1 also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations 2 that his manager 3 was wasting 4 his assets. 16:2 So 5 he called the manager 6 in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 7 Turn in the account of your administration, 8 because you can no longer be my manager.’
1 tn Grk “He”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tn These are not formal legal charges, but reports from friends, acquaintances, etc.; Grk “A certain man was rich who had a manager, and this one was reported to him as wasting his property.”
3 sn His manager was the steward in charge of managing the house. He could have been a slave trained for the role.
4 tn Or “squandering.” This verb is graphic; it means to scatter (L&N 57.151).
5 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the result of the reports the man received about his manager.
6 tn Grk “him”; the referent (the manager) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
7 sn Although phrased as a question, the charges were believed by the owner, as his dismissal of the manager implies.
8 tn Or “stewardship”; the Greek word οἰκονομία (oikonomia) is cognate with the noun for the manager (οἰκονόμος, oikonomo").