5:23 So then, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 5:24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your gift. 5:25 Reach agreement 1 quickly with your accuser while on the way to court, 2 or he 3 may hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the warden, and you will be thrown into prison. 5:26 I tell you the truth, 4 you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny! 5
1 tn Grk “Make friends.”
2 tn The words “to court” are not in the Greek text but are implied.
3 tn Grk “the accuser.”
4 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”
sn The penny here was a quadrans, a Roman copper coin worth 1/64 of a denarius (L&N 6.78). The parallel passage in Luke 12:59 mentions the lepton, equal to one-half of a quadrans and thus the smallest coin available.