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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

John 11:43–44

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43 When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”

44 The man who had died came forth, abound hand and foot with wrappings, and bhis face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus * said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

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A star (*) is used to mark verbs that are historical presents in the Greek which have been translated with an English past tense in order to conform to modern usage. The translators recognized that in some contexts the present tense seems more unexpected and unjustified to the English reader than a past tense would have been. But Greek authors frequently used the present tense for the sake of heightened vividness, thereby transporting their readers in imagination to the actual scene at the time of occurence. However, the translators felt that it would be wise to change these historical presents to English past tenses.