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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

Luke 9:16

The five ... the two (touv pente ... touv duo).
Pointing back to verse 13, fine example of the Greek article.

And gave (kai edidou).
Imperfect active of didwmi, kept on giving. This picturesque imperfect is preceded by the aorist kateklasen (brake), a single act. This latter verb in the N.T. only here and the parallel in Mark 6:41, though common enough in ancient Greek. We say "break off" where here the Greek has "break down" (or thoroughly), perfective use of kata.


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Bibliography Information
Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 9:16". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=lu&chapter=009&verse=016>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.