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Mark 12:38-39

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Warnings About Experts in the Law

12:38 In his teaching Jesus 1  also said, “Watch out for the experts in the law. 2  They like walking 3  around in long robes and elaborate greetings 4  in the marketplaces, 12:39 and the best seats in the synagogues 5  and the places of honor at banquets.

1 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Or “for the scribes.” See the note on the phrase “experts in the law” in 1:22.

3 tn In Greek this is the only infinitive in vv. 38-39. It would be awkward in English to join an infinitive to the following noun clauses, so this has been translated as a gerund.

4 sn There is later Jewish material in the Talmud that spells out such greetings in detail. See H. Windisch, TDNT 1:498.

5 sn See the note on synagogue in 1:21.



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