3:11 John 1 answered them, 2 “The person who has two tunics 3 must share with the person who has none, and the person who has food must do likewise.”
6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, 4 and do not ask for your possessions 5 back 6 from the person who takes them away.
1 tn Grk “he”; the referent (John) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tn Grk “Answering, he said to them.” This construction with passive participle and finite verb is pleonastic (redundant) and has been simplified in the translation to “answered them.”
3 tn Or “shirt” (a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin). The name for this garment (χιτών, citwn) presents some difficulty in translation. Most modern readers would not understand what a ‘tunic’ was any more than they would be familiar with a ‘chiton.’ On the other hand, attempts to find a modern equivalent are also a problem: “Shirt” conveys the idea of a much shorter garment that covers only the upper body, and “undergarment” (given the styles of modern underwear) is more misleading still. “Tunic” was therefore employed, but with a note to explain its nature.
4 sn Jesus advocates a generosity and a desire to meet those in dire need with the command give to everyone who asks you. This may allude to begging; giving alms was viewed highly in the ancient world (Matt 6:1-4; Deut 15:7-11).
5 tn Grk “your things,” sometimes translated “what is yours” or “what belongs to you.”