“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 8
6:22 “Blessed are you when people 9 hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil 10 on account of the Son of Man! 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because 11 your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors 12 did the same things to the prophets. 13
6:27 “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, 23 do good to those who hate you, 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat 24 you. 6:29 To the person who strikes you on the cheek, 25 offer the other as well, 26 and from the person who takes away your coat, 27 do not withhold your tunic 28 either. 29 6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, 30 and do not ask for your possessions 31 back 32 from the person who takes them away. 6:31 Treat others 33 in the same way that you would want them to treat you. 34
6:32 “If 35 you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners 36 love those who love them. 37 6:33 And 38 if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 39 sinners 40 do the same. 6:34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, 41 what credit is that to you? Even sinners 42 lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. 43 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 44 Then 45 your reward will be great, and you will be sons 46 of the Most High, 47 because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 48 6:36 Be merciful, 49 just as your Father is merciful.
6:37 “Do 50 not judge, 51 and you will not be judged; 52 do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, 53 and you will be forgiven. 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, 54 will be poured 55 into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” 56
6:39 He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? 57 Won’t they both fall 58 into a pit? 6:40 A disciple 59 is not greater than 60 his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. 6:41 Why 61 do you see the speck 62 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 63 the beam of wood 64 in your own? 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6:43 “For 65 no good tree bears bad 66 fruit, nor again 67 does a bad tree bear good fruit, 6:44 for each tree is known 68 by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered 69 from thorns, nor are grapes picked 70 from brambles. 71 6:45 The good person out of the good treasury of his 72 heart 73 produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury 74 produces evil, for his mouth speaks 75 from what fills 76 his heart.
6:47 “Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice 80 – I will show you what he is like: 6:48 He is like a man 81 building a house, who dug down deep, 82 and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 83 a flood came, the river 84 burst against that house but 85 could not shake it, because it had been well built. 86 6:49 But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice 87 is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When 88 the river burst against that house, 89 it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed!” 90
[6:20] 5 sn The present tense (belongs) here is significant. Jesus makes the kingdom and its blessings currently available. This phrase is unlike the others in the list with the possessive pronoun being emphasized. Jesus was saying, in effect, “the kingdom belongs even now to people like you.”
[6:21] 6 sn You who hunger are people like the poor Jesus has already mentioned. The term has OT roots both in conjunction with the poor (Isa 32:6-7; 58:6-7, 9-10; Ezek 18:7, 16) or by itself (Ps 37:16-19; 107:9).
[6:21] 7 sn The promise you will be satisfied is the first of several “reversals” noted in these promises. The beatitudes and the reversals that accompany them serve in the sermon as an invitation to enter into God’s care, because one can know God cares for those who turn to him.
[6:22] sn The phrase when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil alludes to a person being ostracized and socially isolated because of association with the Son of Man, Jesus.
[6:23] 11 tn Grk “because 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).
[6:24] 14 sn Jesus promises condemnation (woe) to those who are callous of others, looking only to their own comforts. On Luke and the rich see 1:53; 12:16; 14:12; 16:1, 21-22; 18:23; 19:2; 21:1. These woes are unique to Luke.
[6:24] 15 sn Ironically the language of reward shows that what the rich have received is all they will get. This result looks at a current situation, just as the start of the beatitudes did. The rest of the conclusions to the woes look to the future at the time of judgment.
[6:25] 18 tc The wording “to you” (ὑμῖν, Jumin) is lacking in several witnesses (א B K L T W Θ Ξ 0147 Ë1,13 579 700 892 1241 2542 al), though found in most (Ì75 A D Q Ψ 33 Ï lat co). The longer reading looks to be a clarifying addition; nevertheless, “to you” is included in the translation because of English requirements.
[6:26] 20 tc The wording “to you” (ὑμῖν, Jumin) is lacking throughout the ms tradition except for a few witnesses (D W* Δ 1424 pc co). The Western witnesses tend to add freely to the text. Supported by the vast majority of witnesses and the likelihood that “to you” is a clarifying addition, the shorter reading should be considered original; nevertheless, “to you” is included in the translation because of English requirements.
[6:27] 23 sn Love your enemies is the first of four short exhortations that call for an unusual response to those who are persecuting disciples. Disciples are to relate to hostility in a completely unprecedented manner.
[6:29] 26 sn This command to offer the other cheek as well is often misunderstood. It means that there is risk involved in reaching out to people with God’s hope. But if one is struck down in rejection, the disciple is to continue reaching out.
[6:29] 29 sn The command do not withhold your tunic either is again an image of continually being totally at risk as one tries to keep contact with those who are hostile to what Jesus and his disciples offer.
[6:30] 30 sn Jesus advocates a generosity and a desire to meet those in dire need with the command give to everyone who asks you. This may allude to begging; giving alms was viewed highly in the ancient world (Matt 6:1-4; Deut 15:7-11).
[6:31] 34 sn Jesus’ teaching as reflected in the phrase treat others in the same way you would want them to treat you, known generally as the Golden Rule, is not completely unique in the ancient world, but it is stated here in its most emphatic, selfless form.
[6:32] 35 tn Grk “And if.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style. This is a first class condition, but the next two conditional clauses are third class conditions, so that stylistic variation is probably at work.
[6:33] 38 tc ‡ Three key
[6:33] 39 tc Most
[6:35] 45 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the outcome or result. Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started in the translation at this point.
[6:35] 46 sn The character of these actions reflects the grace and kindness of God, bearing witness to a “line of descent” or relationship of the individual to God (sons of the Most High). There is to be a unique kind of ethic at work with disciples. Jesus refers specifically to sons here because in the ancient world sons had special privileges which were rarely accorded to daughters. However, Jesus is most likely addressing both men and women in this context, so women too would receive these same privileges.
[6:36] 49 sn Merciful is a characteristic of God often noted in the OT: Exod 34:6; Deut 4:31; Joel 2:31; Jonah 4:2; 2 Sam 24:14. This remark also echoes the more common OT statements like Lev 19:2 or Deut 18:13: “you must be holy as I am holy.”
[6:37] 51 sn As the Gospel makes clear, with the statement do not judge Jesus had in mind making a judgment that caused one to cut oneself off from someone so that they ceased to be reached out to (5:27-32; 15:1-32). Jesus himself did make judgments about where people stand (11:37-54), but not in such a way that he ceased to continue to offer them God’s grace.
[6:38] 54 sn The background to the image pressed down, shaken together, running over is pouring out grain for measure in the marketplace. One often poured the grain into a container, shook it to level out the grain and then poured in some more. Those who are generous have generosity running over for them.
[6:39] 58 sn The picture of a blind man leading a blind man is a warning to watch who one follows: Won’t they both fall into a pit? The sermon has been about religious choices and reacting graciously to those who oppose the followers of Jesus. Here Jesus’ point was to be careful who you follow and where they are taking you.
[6:43] 65 tn The explanatory connective γάρ (gar) is often dropped from translations, but the point of the passage is that one should be self-corrective and be careful who one follows (vv. 41-42), because such choices also reflect what the nature of the tree is and its product.
[6:43] 67 tc Most
[6:44] sn The statement nor are grapes picked from brambles illustrates the principle: That which cannot produce fruit, does not produce fruit.
[6:46] 79 sn Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you? Respect is not a matter of mere words, but is reflected in obedient action. This short saying, which is much simpler than its more developed conceptual parallel in Matt 7:21-23, serves in this form to simply warn and issue a call to hear and obey, as the last parable also does in vv. 47-49.
[6:48] 82 tn There are actually two different Greek verbs used here: “who dug (ἔσκαψεν, eskayen) and dug deep (ἐβάθυνεν, ebaqunen).” Jesus is placing emphasis on the effort to which the man went to prepare his foundation.
[6:48] 86 tc Most
[6:49] 88 tn Grk “against which”; because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, the relative clause was converted to a temporal clause in the translation and a new sentence started here.
[6:49] sn The extra phrase at the end of this description (and was utterly destroyed) portrays the great disappointment that the destruction of the house caused as it crashed and was swept away.