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Matthew 11:11-13

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11:11 “I tell you the truth, 1  among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least 2  in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 11:12 From 3  the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. 4  11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. 5 

1 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”

2 sn After John comes a shift of eras. The new era is so great that the lowest member of it (the one who is least in the kingdom of God) is greater than the greatest one of the previous era.

3 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

4 tn Or “the kingdom of heaven is forcibly entered and violent people take hold of it.” For a somewhat different interpretation of this passage, see the note on the phrase “urged to enter in” in Luke 16:16.

5 tn The word “appeared” is not in the Greek text, but is implied.



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