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Luke 12:36-37

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12:36 be like people 1  waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, 2  so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 12:37 Blessed are those slaves 3  whom their master finds alert 4  when he returns! I tell you the truth, 5  he will dress himself to serve, 6  have them take their place at the table, 7  and will come 8  and wait on them! 9 

1 tn That is, like slaves (who are mentioned later, vv. 37-38), although the term ἀνθρώποις (anqrwpoi") is used here. Since in this context it appears generic rather than gender-specific, the translation “people” is employed.

2 sn An ancient wedding celebration could last for days (Tob 11:18).

3 tn See the note on the word “slave” in 7:2.

4 tn Or “watching”; Grk “awake,” but in context this is not just being awake but alert and looking out.

5 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”

6 tn See v. 35 (same verb).

7 tn Grk “have them recline at table,” as 1st century middle eastern meals were not eaten while sitting at a table, but while reclining on one’s side on the floor with the head closest to the low table and the feet farthest away.

8 tn The participle παρελθών (parelqwn) has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.

9 sn He…will come and wait on them is a reversal of expectation, but shows that what Jesus asks for he is willing to do as well; see John 13:5 and 15:18-27, although those instances merely foreshadow what is in view here.



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