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Luke 6:46-48

Context

6:46 “Why 1  do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ 2  and don’t do what I tell you? 3 

6:47 “Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice 4  – I will show you what he is like: 6:48 He is like a man 5  building a house, who dug down deep, 6  and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 7  a flood came, the river 8  burst against that house but 9  could not shake it, because it had been well built. 10 

1 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

2 tn The double use of the vocative is normally used in situations of high emotion or emphasis. Even an emphatic confession without action means little.

3 sn Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you? Respect is not a matter of mere words, but is reflected in obedient action. This short saying, which is much simpler than its more developed conceptual parallel in Matt 7:21-23, serves in this form to simply warn and issue a call to hear and obey, as the last parable also does in vv. 47-49.

4 tn Grk “and does them.”

5 tn Here and in v. 49 the Greek text reads ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo"), while the parallel account in Matt 7:24-27 uses ἀνήρ (anhr) in vv. 24 and 26.

6 tn There are actually two different Greek verbs used here: “who dug (ἔσκαψεν, eskayen) and dug deep (ἐβάθυνεν, ebaqunen).” Jesus is placing emphasis on the effort to which the man went to prepare his foundation.

7 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

8 sn The picture here is of a river overflowing its banks and causing flooding and chaos.

9 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “but” to indicate the contrast present in the context.

10 tc Most mss, especially later ones (A C D Θ Ψ Ë1,13 Ï latt), read “because he built [it] on the rock” rather than “because it had been well built” (Ì75vid א B L W Ξ 33 579 892 1241 2542 pc sa). The reading of the later mss seems to be a harmonization to Matt 7:25, rendering it most likely secondary.



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