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Luke 8:45-47

8:45 Then 1  Jesus asked, 2  “Who was it who touched me?” When they all denied it, Peter 3  said, “Master, the crowds are surrounding you and pressing 4  against you!” 8:46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I know that power has gone out 5  from me.” 8:47 When 6  the woman saw that she could not escape notice, 7  she came trembling and fell down before him. In 8  the presence of all the people, she explained why 9  she had touched him and how she had been immediately healed.

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

2 tn Grk “said.”

3 tc Most mss, especially the later ones (א A C*,3 D L W Θ Ξ Ψ Ë1,13 33 Ï latt), also have “and those together with him” (with two different Greek constructions for the phrase “with him”), while several important witnesses omit this phrase (Ì75 B Π 700* al sa). The singular verb εἶπεν (eipen, “he said”) could possibly suggest that only Peter was originally mentioned, but, if the longer reading is authentic, then εἶπεν would focus on Peter as the spokesman for the group, highlighting his prominence (cf. ExSyn 401-2). Nevertheless, the longer reading looks like a clarifying note, harmonizing this account with Mark 5:31.

4 sn Pressing is a graphic term used in everyday Greek of pressing grapes. Peter says in effect, “How could you ask this? Everyone is touching you!”

5 tn This is a consummative perfect. Jesus sensed that someone had approached him to be healed, as his reference to power makes clear. The perception underlies Jesus’ prophetic sense as well.

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

7 tn Or “could not remain unnoticed” (see L&N 28.83).

8 tn Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation. The order of the clauses in the remainder of the verse has been rearranged to reflect contemporary English style.

9 tn Grk “told for what reason.”

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