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Matthew 3:16

Context
NETBible

After 1  Jesus was baptized, just as he was coming up out of the water, the 2  heavens 3  opened 4  and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove 5  and coming on him.

XREF

Isa 11:2; Isa 42:1; Isa 59:21; Isa 61:1; Eze 1:1; Mr 1:10; Lu 3:21; Lu 3:22; Joh 1:31-34; Joh 3:34; Ac 7:56; Col 1:18,19

NET © Notes

tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

tn Grk “behold the heavens.” The Greek word ἰδού (idou) has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).

tn Or “sky.” The Greek word οὐρανός (ourano") may be translated “sky” or “heaven,” depending on the context. The same word is used in v. 17.

tcαὐτῷ (autw, “to/before him”) is found in the majority of witnesses (א1 C Ds L W 0233 Ë1,13 33 Ï lat), perhaps added as a point of clarification or emphasis. NA27 includes the word in brackets, indicating doubts as to its authenticity.

sn The phrase like a dove is a descriptive comparison. The Spirit is not a dove, but descended like one in some sort of bodily representation.



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