11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 1 Woe to you, Bethsaida! If 2 the miracles 3 done in you had been done in Tyre 4 and Sidon, 5 they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
11:23 And you, Capernaum, 6 will you be exalted to heaven? 7 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 8 For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day.
1 sn Chorazin was a town of Galilee that was probably fairly small in contrast to Bethsaida and is otherwise unattested. Bethsaida was declared a polis by the tetrarch Herod Philip, sometime after
2 tn This introduces a second class (contrary to fact) condition in the Greek text.
3 tn Or “powerful deeds.”
5 sn Tyre and Sidon are two other notorious OT cities (Isa 23; Jer 25:22; 47:4). The remark is a severe rebuke, in effect: “Even the sinners of the old era would have responded to the proclamation of the kingdom, unlike you!”
6 sn Capernaum was a town on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, 680 ft (204 m) below sea level. It was a major trade and economic center in the North Galilean region.
7 tn The interrogative particle introducing this question expects a negative reply.