Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Luke 6.17-26 Translations and Notes (RCL 6th Sunday after Epiphany Year C)

View from Sea of Galilee with Tabgha in foreground and traditional Mount of Beatitudes up the hill.

Luke 6.17-26 is the designated Revised Common Lectionary Text for the 6th Sunday after Epiphany in Year C which occurs on February 13, 2022. It is the well-known Sermon on the Plain with Jesus' blessings and woes. It is parallel to Matthew's Sermon on the Mount. The similarities and differences between them are striking and worth comparing.

There are many decisions that need to be made in translating the text, beginning even with how one translates makarios = blessed, happy, fortunate, honored, blissful... There is a mix of present rewards (the dominion of God) and future ones. It's unclear who exactly the audience is (just disciples? everyone?) and the text switches between who "you" and "they" are.

My notes and translation comparisons and my own translation may help you sort things out.