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Luke 11:50-51

11:50 so that this generation may be held accountable 1  for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 2  of the world, 3  11:51 from the blood of Abel 4  to the blood of Zechariah, 5  who was killed 6  between the altar and the sanctuary. 7  Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 8  this generation.

1 tn Or “that this generation may be charged with”; or “the blood of all the prophets… may be required from this generation.” This is a warning of judgment. These people are responsible for the shedding of prophetic blood.

2 tn Or “foundation.” However, this does not suggest a time to the modern reader.

3 tn The order of the clauses in this complicated sentence has been rearranged to simplify it for the modern reader.

4 sn Gen 4:10 indicates that Abel’s blood cried out for justice.

5 sn It is not clear which Zechariah is meant here. It is probably the person mentioned in 2 Chr 24:20-25.

6 tn Or “who perished.”

7 tn Or “and the temple”; Grk “and the house,” but in this context a reference to the house of God as a place of sanctuary.

8 tn Or “required from.”

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