New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

John 6:15–21

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Jesus Walks on the Water

15 So Jesus, perceiving that they were 1intending to come and take Him by force ato make Him king, bwithdrew again to cthe mountain by Himself alone.

16 Now when evening came, His adisciples went down to the sea,

17 and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea ato Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

18 The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.

19 Then, when they had rowed about 1three or four miles, they * saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened.

20 But He * said to them, “It is I; 1ado not be afraid.”

21 So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

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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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