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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

John 21:15

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The Love Motivation

15 So when they had afinished breakfast, Jesus * said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you 1blove Me more than these?” He * said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I 2love You.” He * said to him, “Tend cMy lambs.”

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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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Gr agapao

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Gr phileo

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