Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Luke 11:16


Others, to test 1  him, 2  began asking for 3  a sign 4  from heaven.


Mt 12:38,39; Mt 16:1-4; Mr 8:11,12; Joh 6:30; 1Co 1:22

NET © Notes

tn Grk “testing”; the participle is taken as indicating the purpose of the demand.

tn The pronoun “him” is not in the Greek text, but is implied. Direct objects were frequently omitted in Greek when clear from the context.

tn Grk “seeking from him.” The imperfect ἐζήτουν (ezhtoun) is taken ingressively. It is also possible to regard it as iterative (“kept on asking”).

sn What exactly this sign would have been, given what Jesus was already doing, is not clear. But here is where the fence-sitters reside, refusing to commit to him.

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