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Matthew 18:26

Context
NETBible

Then the slave threw himself to the ground 1  before him, saying, 2  ‘Be patient with me, and I will repay you everything.’

XREF

Mt 18:29; Lu 7:43; Ro 10:3

NET © Notes

tn Grk “falling therefore the slave bowed down to the ground.” The redundancy of this expression signals the desperation of the slave in begging for mercy.

tc The majority of mss (א L W 058 0281 Ë1,13 33 Ï it syp,h co) begin the slave’s plea with “Lord” (κύριε, kurie), though a few important witnesses lack this vocative (B D Θ 700 pc lat sys,c Or Chr). Understanding the parable to refer to the Lord, scribes would be naturally prone to add the vocative here, especially as the slave’s plea is a plea for mercy. Thus, the shorter reading is more likely to be authentic.



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