12:38 In his teaching Jesus 1 also said, “Watch out for the experts in the law. 2 They like walking 3 around in long robes and elaborate greetings 4 in the marketplaces, 12:39 and the best seats in the synagogues 5 and the places of honor at banquets. 12:40 They 6 devour widows’ property, 7 and as a show make long prayers. These men will receive a more severe punishment.”
1 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
4 sn There is later Jewish material in the Talmud that spells out such greetings in detail. See H. Windisch, TDNT 1:498.
7 tn Grk “houses,” “households”; however, the term can have the force of “property” or “possessions” as well (O. Michel, TDNT 5:131; BDAG 695 s.v. οἶκια 1.a).