17:1 Jesus 1 said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe 2 to the one through whom they come! 17:2 It would be better for him to have a millstone 3 tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea 4 than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 5 17:3 Watch 6 yourselves! If 7 your brother 8 sins, rebuke him. If 9 he repents, forgive him. 17:4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive 10 him.”
17:5 The 11 apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 12 17:6 So 13 the Lord replied, 14 “If 15 you had faith the size of 16 a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry 17 tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ 18 and it would obey 19 you.
17:7 “Would any one of you say 20 to your slave 21 who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? 22 17:8 Won’t 23 the master 24 instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready 25 to serve me while 26 I eat and drink. Then 27 you may eat and drink’? 17:9 He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, 28 will he? 29 17:10 So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; 30 we have only done what was our duty.’” 31
17:11 Now on 32 the way to Jerusalem, 33 Jesus 34 was passing along 35 between Samaria and Galilee. 17:12 As 36 he was entering 37 a village, ten men with leprosy 38 met him. They 39 stood at a distance, 17:13 raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy 40 on us.” 17:14 When 41 he saw them he said, “Go 42 and show yourselves to the priests.” 43 And 44 as they went along, they were cleansed. 17:15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising 45 God with a loud voice. 17:16 He 46 fell with his face to the ground 47 at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. 48 (Now 49 he was a Samaritan.) 50 17:17 Then 51 Jesus said, 52 “Were 53 not ten cleansed? Where are the other 54 nine? 17:18 Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 55 17:19 Then 56 he said to the man, 57 “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.” 58
17:20 Now at one point 59 the Pharisees 60 asked Jesus 61 when the kingdom of God 62 was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs 63 to be observed, 17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is 64 in your midst.” 65
17:22 Then 66 he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days 67 of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 17:23 Then people 68 will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ 69 or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. 70 17:24 For just like the lightning flashes 71 and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 72 17:25 But first he must 73 suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 17:26 Just 74 as it was 75 in the days of Noah, 76 so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 17:27 People 77 were eating, 78 they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then 79 the flood came and destroyed them all. 80 17:28 Likewise, just as it was 81 in the days of Lot, people 82 were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; 17:29 but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 83 17:30 It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 17:31 On that day, anyone who is on the roof, 84 with his goods in the house, must not come down 85 to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife! 86 17:33 Whoever tries to keep 87 his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life 88 will preserve it. 17:34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 89 17:35 There will be two women grinding grain together; 90 one will be taken and the other left.”17:36 [[EMPTY]] 91
sn The punishment of drowning with a heavy weight attached is extremely gruesome and reflects Jesus’ views concerning those who cause others who believe in him to sin.
[17:2] 5 tn Or “to stumble.” This verb, σκανδαλίσῃ (skandalish), has the same root as the noun σκάνδαλον (skandalon) in 17:1, translated “stumbling blocks”; this wordplay is difficult to reproduce in English. It is possible that the primary cause of offense here would be leading disciples (“little ones”) astray in a similar fashion.
[17:3] 6 tn It is difficult to know if this looks back or forward or both. The warning suggests it looks back. For this verb, see Luke 8:18; 12:1, 15; 20:46; 21:8, 34. The present imperative reflects an ongoing spirit of watchfulness.
[17:3] 8 tn Here the term “brother” means “fellow believer” or “fellow Christian” (cf. BDAG 18 s.v. ἀδελφός 2.a, contra BDAG 19 s.v. 2.c), but with a familial connotation. It refers equally to men, women, or children. However, because of the familial connotations, “brother” has been retained in the translation here in preference to the more generic “fellow believer” (“fellow Christian” would be anachronistic in this context).
[17:6] 17 sn A black mulberry tree is a deciduous fruit tree that grows about 20 ft (6 m) tall and has black juicy berries. This tree has an extensive root system, so to pull it up would be a major operation.
[17:6] 18 tn The passives here (ἐκριζώθητι and φυτεύθητι, ekrizwqhti and futeuqhti) are probably a circumlocution for God performing the action (the so-called divine passive, see ExSyn 437-38). The issue is not the amount of faith (which in the example is only very tiny), but its presence, which can accomplish impossible things. To cause a tree to be uprooted and planted in the sea is impossible. The expression is a rhetorical idiom. It is like saying a camel can go through the eye of a needle (Luke 18:25).
[17:7] 22 tn Grk “and recline at table,” as 1st century middle eastern meals were not eaten while sitting at a table, but while reclining on one’s side on the floor with the head closest to the low table and the feet farthest away. See BDAG 70 s.v. ἀναπίπτω 1.
[17:10] 30 tn Some translations describe the slaves as “worthless” (NRSV) or “unworthy” (NASB, NIV) but that is not Jesus’ point. These disciples have not done anything deserving special commendation or praise (L&N 33.361), but only what would normally be expected of a slave in such a situation (thus the translation “we have only done what was our duty”).
[17:11] 32 tn Grk “Now it happened that on.” The introductory phrase ἐγένετο (egeneto, “it happened that”), common in Luke (69 times) and Acts (54 times), is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.
[17:11] 33 sn This is another travel note about Jesus going to Jerusalem in Luke 9:51-19:48, the so-called “Jerusalem journey” section of Luke’s Gospel. It is not a straight line journey, because to travel along the Galilean and Samaritan border is to go east or west, not south to Jerusalem.
[17:12] 38 sn The ten men with leprosy would have been unable to approach Jesus (Lev 13:45-46; Num 5:2-3). The ancient term for leprosy covered a wider array of conditions than what is called leprosy today. A leper was totally ostracized from society until he was declared cured (Lev 13:45-46).
[17:12] 39 tn Grk “leprosy, who.” Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, the relative pronoun was replaced with a personal pronoun and a new sentence started at this point in the translation.
[17:14] 42 tn The participle πορευθέντες (poreuqente") is a good example of an adverbial participle of attendant circumstance. As such, it picks up the force of an imperative from the verb to which it is related (ExSyn 640-45).
[17:14] 44 tn Grk “And it happened that as.” The introductory phrase ἐγένετο (egeneto, “it happened that”), common in Luke (69 times) and Acts (54 times), is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.
[17:16] 50 sn This is a parenthetical note by the author. The comment that the man was a Samaritan means that to most Jews of Jesus’ day he would have been despised as a half-breed and a heretic. The note adds a touch of irony to the account (v. 18).
[17:19] 58 tn Or “has delivered you”; Grk “has saved you.” The remark about faith suggests the benefit of trusting in Jesus’ ability to deliver. Apparently the Samaritan benefited from the healing in a way the other nine did not.
[17:20] 61 tn Grk “having been asked by the Pharisees.” The passive construction has been translated as an active one in keeping with contemporary English style, and the direct object, Jesus, has been supplied from the context.
[17:20] 63 tn Or “is not coming in a way that it can be closely watched” (L&N 24.48). Although there are differing interpretations of what this means, it probably refers to the cosmic signs often associated with the kingdom’s coming in the Jewish view (1 En. 91, 93; 2 Bar. 53—74). See D. L. Bock, Luke (BECNT), 2:1412-14, also H. Riesenfeld, TDNT 8:150.
[17:21] 65 tn This is a far better translation than “in you.” Jesus would never tell the hostile Pharisees that the kingdom was inside them. The reference is to Jesus present in their midst. He brings the kingdom. Another possible translation would be “in your grasp.” For further discussion and options, see D. L. Bock, Luke (BECNT), 2:1414-19.
[17:22] 67 sn This is a reference to the days of the full manifestation of Jesus’ power in a fully established kingdom. The reference to “days” instead of “day” is unusual, appearing only here and in v. 26, but it may be motivated merely by parallelism with the “days” of Noah there and the “days of Lot” in v. 28.
[17:23] 68 tn Grk “And they will say.” The plural in Greek is indefinite, referring to people in general. Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.
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[17:25] 73 sn The Son of Man’s suffering and rejection by this generation is another “it is necessary” type of event in God’s plan (Luke 4:43; 24:7, 26, 44) and the fifth passion prediction in Luke’s account (9:22, 44; 12:50; 13:32-33; for the last, see 18:32-33).
[17:31] 84 sn Most of the roofs in the NT were flat roofs made of pounded dirt, sometimes mixed with lime or stones, supported by heavy wooden beams. They generally had an easy means of access, either a sturdy wooden ladder or stone stairway, sometimes on the outside of the house.
[17:32] 86 sn An allusion to Gen 19:26. The warning about Lot’s wife is not to look back and long to be where one used to be. The world is being judged, and the person who delays or turns back will be destroyed.
sn If there is no willingness to suffer the world’s rejection at this point, then one will not respond to Jesus (which is trying to keep his life) and then will be subject to this judgment (which is losing it).
[17:34] 89 sn There is debate among commentators and scholars over the phrase one will be taken and the other left about whether one is taken for judgment or for salvation. If the imagery is patterned after the rescue of Noah from the flood and Lot from Sodom, as some suggest, the ones taken are the saved (as Noah and Lot were) andthose left behind are judged. The imagery, however, is not directly tied to theidentification of the two groups. Its primary purposein context is topicture the sudden, surprisingseparation of the righteous and the judged (i.e., condemned) at the return of the Son of Man.
[17:37] 97 tn The same Greek term can refer to “eagles” or “vultures” (L&N 4.42; BDAG 22 s.v. ἀετός), but in this context it must mean vultures, because the gruesome image is one of dead bodies being consumed by scavengers.
sn Jesus’ answer is that when the judgment comes, the scenes of death will be obvious and so will the location of the judgment.