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Luke 7:30

7:30 However, the Pharisees 1  and the experts in religious law 2  rejected God’s purpose 3  for themselves, because they had not been baptized 4  by John. 5 ) 6 

1 sn See the note on Pharisees in 5:17.

2 tn That is, the experts in the interpretation of the Mosaic law (see also Luke 5:17, although the Greek term is not identical there, and Luke 10:25, where it is the same).

3 tn Or “plan.”

4 tn The participle βαπτισθέντες (baptisqente") has been translated as a causal adverbial participle; it could also be translated as means (“for themselves, by not having been baptized”). This is similar to the translation found in the NRSV.

5 tn Grk “by him”; the referent (John the Baptist) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

6 sn Luke 7:29-30 forms something of an aside by the author. To indicate this, they have been placed in parentheses.

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