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Luke 7:41-42

7:41 “A certain creditor 1  had two debtors; one owed him 2  five hundred silver coins, 3  and the other fifty. 7:42 When they could not pay, he canceled 4  the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

1 sn A creditor was a moneylender, whose business was to lend money to others at a fixed rate of interest.

2 tn The word “him” is not in the Greek text, but is implied.

3 tn Grk “five hundred denarii.”

sn The silver coins were denarii. The denarius was worth about a day’s wage for a laborer; this would be an amount worth not quite two years’ pay. The debts were significant: They represented two months’ pay and one and three quarter years’ pay (20 months) based on a six day work week.

4 tn The verb ἐχαρίσατο (ecarisato) could be translated as “forgave.” Of course this pictures the forgiveness of God’s grace, which is not earned but bestowed with faith (see v. 49).

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