4:43 But Jesus 1 said to them, “I must 2 proclaim the good news of the kingdom 3 of God to the other towns 4 too, for that is what I was sent 5 to do.” 6
4:44 So 7 he continued to preach in the synagogues of Judea. 8
1 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tn Here δεῖ (dei, “it is necessary”) indicates divine commission (cf. Luke 2:49).
3 sn The good news of the kingdom, the kingdom of the rule of God through the Messiah, is the topic of Jesus’ preaching.
4 tn Or “cities.”
5 sn Jesus was sent by God for this purpose. This is the language of divine commission.
6 tn Grk “because for this purpose I was sent.”
7 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the summarization.
8 tc Most mss (A D Θ Ψ Ë13 33 Ï latt) have “of Galilee”; others, “of the Jews” (W). “Judea” (read by Ì75 א B Q 579 892 pc sa, and [with minor variation] C L Ë1 1241) is probably the original reading since it is both the harder reading and supported by the best witnesses. “Galilee” is an assimilation to Mark 1:39 and Matt 4:23.