18:2 He said, 1 “In a certain city 2 there was a judge 3 who neither feared God nor respected people. 4 18:3 There was also a widow 5 in that city 6 who kept coming 7 to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 18:4 For 8 a while he refused, but later on 9 he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 10 18:5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out 11 by her unending pleas.’” 12
1 tn Grk “lose heart, saying.” This is a continuation of the previous sentence in the Greek text, but a new sentence was started here in the translation by supplying the pronominal subject “He.”
2 tn Or “town.”
3 sn The judge here is apparently portrayed as a civil judge who often handled financial cases.
4 tn Grk “man,” but the singular ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") is used as a generic in comparison to God.
5 sn This widow was not necessarily old, since many people lived only into their thirties in the 1st century.
6 tn Or “town.”
7 tn This is an iterative imperfect; the widow did this on numerous occasions.
8 tn Grk “And for.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
9 tn Grk “after these things.”
10 tn Grk “man,” but the singular ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") is used as a generic in comparison to God.
11 tn The term ὑπωπιάζω (Jupwpiazw) in this context means “to wear someone out by continual annoying” (L&N 25.245).