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Luke 24:52–53 NET

24:52 So133 they worshiped134 him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,135 24:53 and were continually in the temple courts136 blessing137 God.138

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133tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the result of Jesus’ ascension and the concluding summary of Luke’s Gospel.
134tc The reference to worship is lacking in the Western ms D, its last major omission in this Gospel.
135sn Joy is another key theme for Luke: 1:142:108:1310:1715:71024:41.
136tn Grk “in the temple.”sn Luke’s gospel story proper ends where it began, in the temple courts (Luke 1:4–22). The conclusion is open-ended, because the story continues in Acts with what happened from Jerusalem onwards, once the promise of the Father (v. 49) came.
137tc The Western text (D it) has αἰνοῦντες (ainountes, “praising”) here, while the Alexandrian mss (𝔓75 א B C* L) have εὐλογοῦντες (eulogountes, “blessing”). Most mss, especially the later Byzantine mss, evidently combine these two readings with αἰνοῦντες καὶ εὐλογοῦντες (A C2 W Θ Ψ f1, 13 33 𝔐 lat). It is more difficult to decide between the two earlier readings. Internal arguments can go either way, but what seems decisive in this instance are the superior witnesses for εὐλογοῦντες.
138tc The majority of Greek mss, some of which are important witnesses (A B C2 Θ Ψ f13 𝔐 lat), add “Amen” to note the Gospel’s end. Such a conclusion is routinely added by scribes to NT books because a few of these books originally had such an ending (cf. Rom 16:27Gal 6:18Jude 25). A majority of Greek witnesses have the concluding ἀμήν in every NT book except Acts, James, and 3 John (and even in these books, ἀμήν is found in some witnesses). It is thus a predictable variant. Further, since significant witnesses lack the word (𝔓75 א C* D L W 1 33 pc it co), it is evidently not original.

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