New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Mark 13:1–2

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Things to Come

1 aAs He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples * said to Him, “Teacher, behold 1what wonderful stones and 1what wonderful buildings!”

2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? aNot one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.”

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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.


Lit how great