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Luke 16:20-21

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16:20 But at his gate lay 1  a poor man named Lazarus 2  whose body was covered with sores, 3  16:21 who longed to eat 4  what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 5  came and licked 6  his sores.

1 tn The passive verb ἐβέβλητο (ebeblhto) does not indicate how Lazarus got there. Cf. BDAG 163 s.v. βάλλω 1.b, “he lay before the door”; Josephus, Ant. 9.10.2 (9.209).

2 sn This is the one time in all the gospels that a figure in a parable is mentioned by name. It will become important later in the account.

3 tn Or “was covered with ulcers.” The words “whose body” are implied in the context (L&N 23.180).

4 tn Grk “to eat his fill,” but this phrase has been simplified as “to eat” for stylistic reasons.

5 tn The term κύνες (kunes) refers to “wild” dogs (either “street” dogs or watchdogs), not house pets (L&N 4.34).

6 sn When the dogs came and licked his sores it meant that he was unclean. See the negative image of Rev 22:15 that draws on this picture.



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