New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

John 19:25–27

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25 Therefore the soldiers did these things.

aBut standing by the cross of Jesus were bHis mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and cMary Magdalene.

26 When Jesus then saw His mother, and athe disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He * said to His mother, bWoman, behold, your son!”

27 Then He * said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into ahis own household.

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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.