Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Luke 9:39


A 1  spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 2  it throws him into convulsions 3  and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 4  him severely.


Mr 5:4,5; Mr 9:20,26; Lu 4:35; Lu 8:29; Joh 8:44; 1Pe 5:8; Re 9:11

NET © Notes

tn Grk “and behold, a.” Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, καί (kai) has not been translated here; instead a new sentence was started in the translation. The Greek word ἰδού (idou) at the beginning of this statement has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).

tn The Greek here is slightly ambiguous; the subject of the verb “screams” could be either the son or the spirit.

sn The reaction is like an epileptic fit (see L&N 14.27). See the parallel in Matt 17:14-20.

tn Or “bruising,” or “crushing.” This verb appears to allude to the damage caused when it throws him to the ground. According to L&N 19.46 it is difficult to know from this verb precisely what the symptoms caused by the demon were, but it is clear they must have involved severe pain. The multiple details given in the account show how gruesome the condition of the boy was.

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