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Luke 8:8

Context
8:8 But 1  other seed fell on good soil and grew, 2  and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” 3  As he said this, 4  he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 5 

Luke 14:35

Context
14:35 It is of no value 6  for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 7  The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 8 

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in the final stage of the parable.

2 tn Grk “when it grew, after it grew.”

3 sn Unlike the parallel accounts in Matt 13:8 and Mark 4:8, there is no distinction in yield in this version of the parable.

4 tn Grk “said these things.”

5 tn The translation “had better listen!” captures the force of the third person imperative more effectively than the traditional “let him hear,” which sounds more like a permissive than an imperative to the modern English reader. This was Jesus’ common expression to listen and heed carefully (cf. Matt 11:15; 13:9, 43; Mark 4:9, 23; Luke 14:35).

6 tn Or “It is not useful” (L&N 65.32).

7 tn Grk “they throw it out.” The third person plural with unspecified subject is a circumlocution for the passive here.

8 tn The translation “had better listen!” captures the force of the third person imperative more effectively than the traditional “let him hear,” which sounds more like a permissive than an imperative to the modern English reader. This was Jesus’ common expression to listen and heed carefully (cf. Matt 11:15; 13:9, 43; Mark 4:9, 23; Luke 8:8).



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