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Luke 15:15-16

15:15 So he went and worked for 1  one of the citizens of that country, who 2  sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 3  15:16 He 4  was longing to eat 5  the carob pods 6  the pigs were eating, but 7  no one gave him anything.

1 tn Grk “joined himself to” (in this case an idiom for beginning to work for someone).

2 tn Grk “and he.” Here the conjunction καί (kai) and the personal pronoun have been translated by a relative pronoun to improve the English style.

3 sn To a Jew, being sent to the field to feed pigs would be an insult, since pigs were considered unclean animals (Lev 11:7).

4 tn Grk “And he.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.

5 tn Or “would gladly have eaten”; Grk “was longing to be filled with.”

6 tn This term refers to the edible pods from a carob tree (BDAG 540 s.v. κεράτιον). They were bean-like in nature and were commonly used for fattening pigs, although they were also used for food by poor people (L&N 3.46).

7 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.

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