Luke 22:38 - It is enough!

Wayne Leman wayne_leman at
Sat Oct 20 11:27:11 EDT 2001

Neal, unfortunately, this is one of those exegetical questions which cannot
be answered just by reference to the Greek. The Greek IKANON ESTIN can mean
either of the exegetical options you cited (and perhaps more). It's not a
question of the syntax of the Greek, per se, but one of trying to figure out
what was referred to by the language. And that is left to exegetes and
commentators. I translated this passage not too long ago, for a tribal
group, and still don't know for sure what the Greek actually referred to in
real life.

Enough!  :-)
Wayne Leman
Bible Translation discussion list:

> 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
> 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
> sense.)
> 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!"
> Thanks,
> Neal Stublen
> Newark, DE

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