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Luke 18:1

Context
Prayer and the Parable of the Persistent Widow

18:1 Then 1  Jesus 2  told them a parable to show them they should always 3  pray and not lose heart. 4 

Luke 11:8

Context
11:8 I tell you, even though the man inside 5  will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s 6  sheer persistence 7  he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

2 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Or “should pray at all times” (L&N 67.88).

4 sn This is one of the few parables that comes with an explanation at the start: …they should always pray and not lose heart. It is part of Luke’s goal in encouraging Theophilus (1:4).

5 tn Grk “he”; the referent (the man in bed in the house) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

6 tn Grk “his”; the referent (the first man mentioned) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

7 tn The term ἀναίδεια (anaideia) is hard to translate. It refers to a combination of ideas, a boldness that persists over time, or “audacity,” which comes close. It most likely describes the one making the request, since the unit’s teaching is an exhortation about persistence in prayer. Some translate the term “shamelessness” which is the term’s normal meaning, and apply it to the neighbor as an illustration of God responding for the sake of his honor. But the original question was posed in terms of the first man who makes the request, not of the neighbor, so the teaching underscores the action of the one making the request.



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