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Luke 20:46-47

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20:46 “Beware 1  of the experts in the law. 2  They 3  like walking around in long robes, and they love elaborate greetings 4  in the marketplaces and the best seats 5  in the synagogues 6  and the places of honor at banquets. 20:47 They 7  devour 8  widows’ property, 9  and as a show make long prayers. They will receive a more severe punishment.”

1 tn Or “Be on guard against.” This is a present imperative and indicates that pride is something to constantly be on the watch against.

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

3 tn Grk “who,” continuing the sentence begun by the prior phrase.

4 sn There is later Jewish material in the Talmud that spells out such greetings in detail. See D. L. Bock, Luke (BECNT), 2:1642; H. Windisch, TDNT 1:498.

5 sn See Luke 14:1-14.

6 sn See the note on synagogues in 4:15.

7 tn Grk “who,” continuing the sentence begun in v. 46.

8 sn How they were able to devour widows’ houses is debated. Did they seek too much for contributions, or take too high a commission for their work, or take homes after debts failed to be paid? There is too little said here to be sure.

9 tn Grk “houses,” “households”; however, the term can have the force of “property” or “possessions” as well (O. Michel, TDNT 5:131; BDAG 695 s.v. οἶκια 1.a).



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