17:34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 1 17:35 There will be two women grinding grain together; 2 one will be taken and the other left.” 17:36 [[EMPTY]] 3
1 sn There is debate among commentators and scholars over the phrase one will be taken and the other left about whether one is taken for judgment or for salvation. If the imagery is patterned after the rescue of Noah from the flood and Lot from Sodom, as some suggest, the ones taken are the saved (as Noah and Lot were) andthose left behind are judged. The imagery, however, is not directly tied to theidentification of the two groups. Its primary purposein context is topicture the sudden, surprisingseparation of the righteous and the judged (i.e., condemned) at the return of the Son of Man.
2 tn Grk “at the same place.” According to L&N 46.16, this refers to a hand mill normally operated by two women.
3 tc Several
4 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.
6 tn Grk “answering, they said to him.” This is redundant in contemporary English and has been simplified in the translation.
7 sn The question “Where, Lord?” means, “Where will the judgment take place?”
8 tn Or “corpse.”
9 tn The same Greek term can refer to “eagles” or “vultures” (L&N 4.42; BDAG 22 s.v. ἀετός), but in this context it must mean vultures, because the gruesome image is one of dead bodies being consumed by scavengers.
sn Jesus’ answer is that when the judgment comes, the scenes of death will be obvious and so will the location of the judgment.
10 tn Grk “will be gathered.” The passive construction has been translated as an active one in English.