Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Luke 3:7


So John 1  said to the crowds 2  that came out to be baptized by him, “You offspring of vipers! 3  Who warned you to flee 4  from the coming wrath?


Ge 3:15; Ps 58:4,5; Isa 59:5; Mt 3:7-10; Mt 23:33; Joh 8:44; Ac 13:10; 1Th 1:10; Heb 6:18; 1Jo 3:8

NET © Notes

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

sn The crowds. It is interesting to trace references to “the crowd” in Luke. It is sometimes noted favorably, other times less so. The singular appears 25 times in Luke while the plural occurs 16 times. Matt 3:7 singles out the Sadducees and Pharisees here.

tn Or “snakes.”

sn The rebuke “Who warned you to flee…?” compares the crowd to snakes who flee their desert holes when the heat of a fire drives them out.

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