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Luke 20:20-21

Context
Paying Taxes to Caesar

20:20 Then 1  they watched him carefully and sent spies who pretended to be sincere. 2  They wanted to take advantage of what he might say 3  so that they could deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction 4  of the governor. 20:21 Thus 5  they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, 6  and show no partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 7 

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

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

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

4 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).

5 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “thus” to indicate the implied result of the plans by the spies.

6 tn Or “precisely”; Grk “rightly.” Jesus teaches exactly, the straight and narrow.

7 sn Teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Very few comments are as deceitful as this one; they did not really believe this at all. The question was specifically designed to trap Jesus.



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