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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

John 18:37–38

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37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, aYou say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, bto testify to the truth. cEveryone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate * said to Him, “What is truth?”

And when he had said this, he awent out again to the Jews and * said to them, “bI find no guilt in Him.

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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.

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