They watched 1 Jesus 2 closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, 3 so that they could accuse him.
Ps 37:32; Isa 29:20,21; Jer 20:10; Da 6:4; Lu 6:7; Lu 11:53,54; Lu 14:1; Lu 20:20; Joh 9:16
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1 sn The term translated watched…closely is emotive, since it carries negative connotations. It means they were watching him out of the corner of their eye or spying on him.
2 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 sn The background for this is the view that only if life was endangered should one attempt to heal on the Sabbath (see the Mishnah, m. Shabbat 6.3; 12.1; 18.3; 19.2; m. Yoma 8.6).