Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Luke 16:3


Then 1  the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position 2  away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, 3  and I’m too ashamed 4  to beg.


Es 6:6; Pr 13:4; Pr 15:19; Pr 18:9; Pr 19:15; Pr 20:4; Pr 21:25,26; Pr 24:30-34; Pr 26:13-16; Pr 27:23-27; Pr 29:21; Isa 10:3; Jer 5:31; Ho 9:5; Mr 10:46; Lu 12:17; Lu 16:20,22; Lu 18:4; Joh 9:8; Ac 3:2; Ac 9:6; 2Th 3:11

NET © Notes

tn Here δέ (de) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events in the parable.

tn Grk “the stewardship,” “the management.”

tn Here “dig” could refer (1) to excavation (“dig ditches,” L&N 19.55) or (2) to agricultural labor (“work the soil,” L&N 43.3). In either case this was labor performed by the uneducated, so it would be an insult as a job for a manager.

tn Grk “I do not have strength to dig; I am ashamed to beg.”

sn To beg would represent a real lowering of status for the manager, because many of those whom he had formerly collected debts from, he would now be forced to beg from.

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