New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Mark 5:7

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7 and shouting with a loud voice, he * said, “1aWhat business do we have with each other, Jesus, bSon of cthe Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!”

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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 What to me and to you (a Heb idiom)