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Luke 6:11-12

6:11 But they were filled with mindless rage 1  and began debating with one another what they would do 2  to Jesus.

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6:12 Now 3  it was during this time that Jesus 4  went out to the mountain 5  to pray, and he spent all night 6  in prayer to God. 7 

1 tn The term ἄνοια (anoia) denotes a kind of insane or mindless fury; the opponents were beside themselves with rage. They could not rejoice in the healing, but could only react against Jesus.

2 tn The use of the optative (ποιήσαιεν, poihsaien, “might do”) in an indirect question indicates that the formal opposition and planning of Jesus’ enemies started here (BDF §§385.1; 386.1).

3 tn Grk “Now it happened that in.” The introductory phrase ἐγένετο (egeneto, “it happened that”), common in Luke (69 times) and Acts (54 times), is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.

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

5 tn Or “to a mountain” (εἰς τὸ ὅρος, eis to Joro").

sn The expression to the mountain here may be idiomatic or generic, much like the English “he went to the hospital” (cf. 15:29), or even intentionally reminiscent of Exod 24:12 (LXX), since the genre of the Sermon on the Mount seems to be that of a new Moses giving a new law.

6 sn This is the only time all night prayer is mentioned in the NT.

7 tn This is an objective genitive, so prayer “to God.”

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