Matthew 10:21 reads:
NRSV Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death
NA28 Παραδώσει δὲ ἀδελφὸς ἀδελφὸν εἰς θάνατον καὶ πατὴρτέκνον, καὶ ἐπαναστήσονται τέκνα ἐπὶ γονεῖς καὶ θανατώσουσιν αὐτούς.
which made me think of Malachi 4:6 (versification from English Bible):
NRSV He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.
It’s as if two possible realities (choose wisely!) are being prophesied in each place… surely Jesus had Malachi in mind?
Maybe! The Septuagint does not have the parents-children-children-parents rhythm, but gives instead:
NETS who will restore the heart of the father to the son and the heart of a person to his neighbor so that…
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