13:1 Now 1 there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 13:2 He 3 answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners 4 than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 13:3 No, I tell you! But unless you repent, 5 you will all perish as well! 6 13:4 Or those eighteen who were killed 7 when the tower in Siloam fell on them, 8 do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 9 13:5 No, I tell you! But unless you repent 10 you will all perish as well!” 11
[13:1] 2 sn This is an event that otherwise is unattested, though several events similar to it are noted in Josephus (J. W. 2.9.2-4 [2.169-177]; Ant. 13.13.5 [13.372-73], 18.3.1-2 [18.55-62]; 18.4.1 [18.85-87]). It would have caused a major furor.
[13:3] 6 tn Or “you will all likewise perish,” but this could be misunderstood to mean that they would perish by the same means as the Galileans. Jesus’ point is that apart from repentance all will perish.
[13:4] 7 tn Grk “on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them.” This relative clause embedded in a prepositional phrase is complex in English and has been simplified to an adjectival and a temporal clause in the translation.