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Luke 20:19-20

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20:19 Then 1  the experts in the law 2  and the chief priests wanted to arrest 3  him that very hour, because they realized he had told this parable against them. But 4  they were afraid of the people.

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20:20 Then 5  they watched him carefully and sent spies who pretended to be sincere. 6  They wanted to take advantage of what he might say 7  so that they could deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction 8  of the governor.

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

2 tn Or “The scribes” See the note on the phrase “experts in the law” in 5:21.

3 tn Grk “tried to lay hands on him.”

4 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.

5 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

6 tn Grk “righteous,” but in this context the point is their false sincerity.

7 tn Grk “so that they might catch him in some word.”

8 tn This word is often translated “authority” in other contexts, but here, in combination with ἀρχή (arch), it refers to the domain or sphere of the governor’s rule (L&N 37.36).



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