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Luke 17:16-18

17:16 He 1  fell with his face to the ground 2  at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. 3  (Now 4  he was a Samaritan.) 5  17:17 Then 6  Jesus said, 7  “Were 8  not ten cleansed? Where are the other 9  nine? 17:18 Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 10 

1 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.

2 tn Grk “he fell on his face” (an idiom for complete prostration).

3 sn And thanked him. This action recognized God’s healing work through Jesus.

4 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the introduction of a parenthetical comment.

5 sn This is a parenthetical note by the author. The comment that the man was a Samaritan means that to most Jews of Jesus’ day he would have been despised as a half-breed and a heretic. The note adds a touch of irony to the account (v. 18).

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

7 tn Grk “Jesus answering said”; this is redundant in contemporary English and has been simplified in the translation.

8 tn The Greek construction used here (οὐχί, ouci) expects a positive reply.

9 tn The word “other” is implied in the context.

10 sn Jesus’ point in calling the man a foreigner is that none of the other nine, who were presumably Israelites, responded with gratitude. Only the “outsiders” were listening and responding.

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