Luke 22:38 - It is enough!

Neal Stublen nstublen at
Sat Oct 20 10:26:47 EDT 2001

When the disciples come up with two swords, as Jesus had just encouraged
them to do, he says to them, "IKANON ESTIN."

When I read this it seems that Jesus is saying that their two swords are
sufficient - they don't need to get any more.  However, others I have
interacted with suggest this is a rebuke of the disciples - Jesus has had
enough of their foolish talk - he did not mean for them to literally get
swords, but he was speaking figuratively concerning the attitude they would
need in the coming days. (This is similar to the understanding given by
Norval Geldenhuys in his commentary on Luke (NICNT), where he states that
most expositors agree that Jesus talked of buying swords in a figurative

Is this second understanding at all possible from IKANON ESTIN?  Can this
phrase be issued as a way of saying, "That's enough - now be quiet!"

Neal Stublen
Newark, DE

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