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Matthew 18:12-13

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18:12 What do you think? If someone 1  owns a hundred 2  sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray? 3  18:13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, 4  he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.

1 tn Grk “a certain man.” The Greek word ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") is used here in a somewhat generic sense.

2 sn This individual with a hundred sheep is a shepherd of modest means, as flocks often had up to two hundred head of sheep.

3 sn Look for the one that went astray. The parable pictures God’s pursuit of the sinner. On the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, see John 10:1-18.

4 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”



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