Luke 22:38 Ἱκανόν ἐστιν
Posted: October 9th, 2019, 6:40 am
I am having doubts about an interpretation of a text that I kind of like, but don't have evidence for. Can you help keep me honest, but also provide evidence if you have it?
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I would like to know if there are Greek texts in which Ἱκανόν ἐστιν or similar phrases have the meaning outlined in the first interpretation listed in the Exegetical Summaries in the following quote - "enough of this talk!" or similar meanings. Besides the current text, of course, which is the text I am trying to establish the meaning of.Luke 22:36-38 wrote:Καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς, Ὅτε ἀπέστειλα ὑμᾶς ἄτερ βαλλαντίου καὶ πήρας καὶ ὑποδημάτων, μή τινος ὑστερήσατε; οἱ δὲ εἶπαν, Οὐθενός. εἶπεν δὲ αὐτοῖς, Ἀλλὰ νῦν ὁ ἔχων βαλλάντιον ἀράτω, ὁμοίως καὶ πήραν, καὶ ὁ μὴ ἔχων πωλησάτω τὸ ἱμάτιον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀγορασάτω μάχαιραν. λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν ὅτι τοῦτο τὸ γεγραμμένον δεῖ τελεσθῆναι ἐν ἐμοί, τὸ Καὶ μετὰ ἀνόμων ἐλογίσθη· καὶ γὰρ τὸ περὶ ἐμοῦ τέλος ἔχει. οἱ δὲ εἶπαν, Κύριε, ἰδοὺ μάχαιραι ὧδε δύο. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς, Ἱκανόν ἐστιν.
QUESTION—What did Jesus mean when he said ‘It is enough’?
- He meant that the subject did not need to be discussed any longer [AB, Alf, Arn, BECNT, ICC, Lns, MGC, NAC, NIBC, NIGTC, NTC, Rb, Su, TH, TNTC, WBC; CEV, HCSB, REB]. They had wrongly understood Jesus’ instructions in 22:36 and thought that Jesus intended for all of the disciples to actually go and buy swords [AB, Arn, BECNT, NAC, NIC, NIGTC, NTC, Su, TNTC]. The disciples had so missed the point of what Jesus was talking about that he refused to explain further [AB, MGC]. It was enough of that kind of talk, the disciples were hopelessly astray [TNTC, WBC]. Jesus wanted to stop the discussion about the swords [BECNT, Lns, NIGTC, TH] because of the disciples’ misunderstanding [BECNT, Lns]. He simply intended to end the matter [Lns]. His answer was curt and decisive [NTC]. He spoke in frustration [NIBC]. It could be worded ‘I give up!’ [MGC]. Or, this is a rebuke meaning ‘Enough of this kind of talk!’ [NIGTC]. Or, it is spoken in sorrow, not impatience [ICC]. Sadly Jesus indicated that the subject had been sufficiently discussed, but later on they would realize the meaning of his instructions about swords [Arn].
- He meant that two swords were sufficient for the group to have [BNTC, EGT, Gdt, TG]. Two swords were enough to fulfill his instructions [BNTC]. This is ironic, meaning that two swords are enough for the use they will have for any swords [Gdt]. They were enough for one who did not intend to fight [EGT]. The disciples had taken him literally and so he ironically said ‘That’s plenty!’ and ended the conversation [NIVS].
Blight, R. C. (2008). An Exegetical Summary of Luke 12–24 (2nd ed., pp. 445–446). Dallas, TX: SIL International.