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Luke 18:38-39

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18:38 So 1  he called out, 2  “Jesus, Son of David, 3  have mercy 4  on me!” 18:39 And those who were in front 5  scolded 6  him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted 7  even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the implied result of the blind man learning that Jesus was nearby.

2 tn Grk “called out, saying.” The participle λέγων (legwn) is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.

3 sn Jesus was more than a Nazarene to this blind person, who saw quite well that Jesus was Son of David. He understood what Luke 7:22-23 affirms. There was a tradition in Judaism that the Son of David (Solomon) had great powers of healing (Josephus, Ant. 8.2.5 [8.42-49]).

4 sn Have mercy on me is a request for healing (cf. 17:13). It is not owed the man. He simply asks for God’s kind grace.

5 sn That is, those who were at the front of the procession.

6 tn Or “rebuked.” The crowd’s view was that surely Jesus would not be bothered with someone as unimportant as a blind beggar.

7 sn Public opinion would not sway the blind man from getting Jesus’ attention. The term shouted is strong as it can be used of animal cries.



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