11:37 As he spoke, 1 a Pharisee 2 invited Jesus 3 to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. 4 11:38 The 5 Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus 6 did not first wash his hands 7 before the meal. 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 8 the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 9 11:40 You fools! 10 Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? 11 11:41 But give from your heart to those in need, 12 and 13 then everything will be clean for you. 14
11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees! 15 You give a tenth 16 of your mint, 17 rue, 18 and every herb, yet you neglect justice 19 and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 20 11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats 21 in the synagogues 22 and elaborate greetings 23 in the marketplaces! 11:44 Woe to you! 24 You are like unmarked graves, and people 25 walk over them without realizing it!” 26
11:45 One of the experts in religious law 27 answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult 28 us too.” 11:46 But Jesus 29 replied, 30 “Woe to you experts in religious law as well! 31 You load people 32 down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch 33 the burdens with even one of your fingers! 11:47 Woe to you! You build 34 the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors 35 killed. 11:48 So you testify that you approve of 36 the deeds of your ancestors, 37 because they killed the prophets 38 and you build their 39 tombs! 40 11:49 For this reason also the wisdom 41 of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ 11:50 so that this generation may be held accountable 42 for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 43 of the world, 44 11:51 from the blood of Abel 45 to the blood of Zechariah, 46 who was killed 47 between the altar and the sanctuary. 48 Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 49 this generation. 11:52 Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away 50 the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered 51 those who were going in.”
11:53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 52 and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 53 and to ask him hostile questions 54 about many things, 11:54 plotting against 55 him, to catch 56 him in something he might say.
[11:37] 1 tn The use of the aorist infinitive here should probably be translated “as he spoke” rather than “while he was speaking” (see ExSyn 595). The Pharisee did not necessarily interrupt Jesus to issue the invitation.
[11:37] 4 tn Grk “and reclined 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.
[11:38] sn Washing before meals was a cultural practice that was described in the OT, but not prescribed there (Gen 18:4; Judg 19:21). It was apparently related to concern about contracting ceremonial uncleanness (Lev 11:31-38; t. Demai 2.11-12).
[11:39] 8 sn The allusion to washing (clean the outside of the cup) shows Jesus knew what they were thinking and deliberately set up a contrast that charged them with hypocrisy and majoring on minors.
[11:41] 12 tn Grk “Give the things inside as alms.” Three different approaches have been taken to the syntax and meaning of this phrase: (1) τὰ ἐνόντα (ta enonta, “the things inside”) is an accusative of respect (“give alms with respect to the things inside”); (2) τὰ ἐνόντα is an adverbial accusative (“give alms inwardly,” i.e., from the heart); (3) the word translated “alms” represents a mistranslation of the original Aramaic term “cleanse,” so the statement urges the hearers to “cleanse the things inside.” According to D. L. Bock (Luke [BECNT], 2:1115) the latter meaning is unlikely because the present verse is independent of Matt 23:26, not parallel to it, and makes good sense as it stands.
[11:41] sn In Jewish culture giving alms to the poor was a very important religious observance; it was meant to be an act of mercy, kindness, and love (D. L. Bock, Luke [BECNT], 2:1114). The implication from the text is that the Pharisees gave alms, but without any of the spiritual concern which should have motivated those generous actions. Here Jesus commands the Pharisees to give from within themselves to those in need instead of just giving of their possessions. In so doing they would show true inner purity acceptable to God. This is in keeping with the author’s social concerns elsewhere in the Gospel (cf., e.g., 1:52-53, 4:18-19, 6:20-21, 14:13).
[11:41] 13 tn Grk “and behold.” The Greek word ἰδού (idou) at the beginning of this clause has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).
[11:41] 14 sn The expression everything will be clean for you refers to the agreement that should exist between the overt practice of one’s religious duties, such as almsgiving, and the inner condition of one’s heart, including true love for God and the poor; one is not only to wash the outside of the cup and plate, but the inside as well, since as Jesus said, God created the inside too. Religious duties are not to be performed hypocritically, i.e., for the applause and esteem of people, but rather they are to be done out of a deep love for God and a sensitivity to and concern for the needs of others. Then, everything will be clean, both hearts and lives.
[11:42] sn Rue was an evergreen herb used for seasoning.
[11:43] sn The later Jewish summary of oral tradition, the Talmud, notes elaborate greetings for rabbis. The rebuke here is for pride.
[11:44] 24 tc Most
[11:44] 26 sn In Judaism to come into contact with the dead or what is associated with them, even without knowing it, makes one unclean (Num 19:11-22; Lev 21:1-3; Mishnah, m. Demai 2:3). To Pharisees, who would have been so sensitive about contracting ceremonial uncleanness, it would have been quite a stinging rebuke to be told they caused it.
[11:46] 33 tn Grk “you yourselves do not touch.” This could mean one of two things: (1) Either they make others do what they themselves do not (through various technical exceptions) or (2) they make no effort to help the others fulfill what they are required to do. Considering the care these religious figures are said to have given to the law, the second option is more likely (see L&N 18.11).
[11:47] 34 sn The effect of what the experts in the law were doing was to deny the message of the prophets and thus honor their death by supporting those who had sought their removal. The charge that this is what previous generations did shows the problem is chronic. As T. W. Manson said, the charge here is “The only prophet you honor is a dead prophet!” (The Sayings of Jesus, 101).
[11:48] 40 tc The majority of
[11:50] 42 tn Or “that this generation may be charged with”; or “the blood of all the prophets… may be required from this generation.” This is a warning of judgment. These people are responsible for the shedding of prophetic blood.