7:41 “A certain creditor 1 had two debtors; one owed him 2 five hundred silver coins, 3 and the other fifty. 7:42 When they could not pay, he canceled 4 the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 7:43 Simon answered, 5 “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” 6 Jesus 7 said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
1 sn A creditor was a moneylender, whose business was to lend money to others at a fixed rate of interest.
2 tn The word “him” is not in the Greek text, but is implied.
3 tn Grk “five hundred denarii.”
sn The silver coins were denarii. The denarius was worth about a day’s wage for a laborer; this would be an amount worth not quite two years’ pay. The debts were significant: They represented two months’ pay and one and three quarter years’ pay (20 months) based on a six day work week.
5 tn Grk “answering, said.” This is redundant in contemporary English and has been simplified to “answered.”
7 tn Grk “He”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity. Here δέ (de) has not been translated.