The tower in Siloam (o purgo en Silwam). Few sites have been more clearly located than this. Jesus mentions this accident (only in Luke) of his own accord to illustrate still further the responsibility of his hearers. Jesus makes use of public events in both these incidents to teach spiritual lessons. He gives the "moral" to the massacre of the Galilean pilgrims and the "moral" of the catastrophe at Siloam. Offenders (opeiletai). Literally, debtors, not sinners as in verse John 2 and as the Authorized Version renders here. See John 7:41 ; John 11:4 ; Matthew 6:12 ; Matthew 18:24-34 .