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Matthew 11:15

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11:15 The one who has ears had better listen! 1 

Matthew 13:43

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13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. 2  The one who has ears had better listen! 3 

1 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 13:9, 43; Mark 4:9, 23; Luke 8:8, 14:35).

2 sn An allusion to Dan 12:3.

3 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; Mark 4:9, 23; Luke 8:8, 14:35).



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