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Luke 12:18

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12:18 Then 1  he said, ‘I 2  will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

Luke 12:24-25

Context
12:24 Consider the ravens: 3  They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds 4  them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 12:25 And which of you by worrying 5  can add an hour to his life? 6 

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

2 sn Note how often the first person pronoun is present in these verses. The farmer is totally self absorbed.

3 tn Or “crows.” Crows and ravens belong to the same family of birds. English uses “crow” as a general word for the family. Palestine has several indigenous members of the crow family.

4 tn Or “God gives them food to eat.” L&N 23.6 has both “to provide food for” and “to give food to someone to eat.”

5 tn Or “by being anxious.”

6 tn Or “a cubit to his height.” A cubit (πῆχυς, phcu") can measure length (normally about 45 cm or 18 inches) or time (a small unit, “hour” is usually used [BDAG 812 s.v.] although “day” has been suggested [L&N 67.151]). The term ἡλικία (Jhlikia) is ambiguous in the same way as πῆχυς. Most scholars take the term to describe age or length of life here, although a few refer it to bodily stature (see BDAG 435-36 s.v. 1.a for discussion). Worry about length of life seems a more natural figure than worry about height. However, the point either way is clear: Worrying adds nothing to life span or height.



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