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Revelation 11:1-2

Context
The Fate of the Two Witnesses

11:1 Then 1  a measuring rod 2  like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 3  “Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 4  do not measure the outer courtyard 5  of the temple; leave it out, 6  because it has been given to the Gentiles, 7  and they will trample on the holy city 8  for forty-two months.

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

2 tn Grk “a reed” (but these were used for measuring). Cf. Ezek 40:3ff.

3 tn Grk “saying.”

4 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in this context.

5 tn On the term αὐλήν (aulhn) BDAG 150 s.v. αὐλή 1 states, “(outer) court of the temple…Rv 11:2.”

6 tn The precise meaning of the phrase ἔκβαλε ἔξωθεν (ekbale exwqen) is difficult to determine.

7 tn Or “to the nations” (the same Greek word may be translated “Gentiles” or “nations”).

8 sn The holy city appears to be a reference to Jerusalem. See also Luke 21:24.



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