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Matthew 7:9-11

7:9 Is 1  there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 2  7:11 If you then, although you are evil, 3  know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts 4  to those who ask him!

1 tn Grk “Or is there.”

2 sn The two questions of vv. 9-10 expect the answer, “No parent would do this!”

3 tn The participle ὄντες (ontes) has been translated concessively.

4 sn The provision of the good gifts is probably a reference to the wisdom and guidance supplied in response to repeated requests. The teaching as a whole stresses not that we get everything we want, but that God gives the good that we need.

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