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Luke 12:13-14

The Parable of the Rich Landowner

12:13 Then 1  someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell 2  my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 12:14 But Jesus 3  said to him, “Man, 4  who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?” 5 

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

2 sn Tell my brother. In 1st century Jewish culture, a figure like a rabbi was often asked to mediate disputes, except that here mediation was not requested, but representation.

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

4 tn This term of address can be harsh or gentle depending on the context (BDAG 82 s.v. ἄνθρωπος 8). Here it is a rebuke.

5 tn The pronoun ὑμᾶς (Jumas) is plural, referring to both the man and his brother; thus the translation “you two.”

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