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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Mark 2:23–28

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Question of the Sabbath

23 aAnd it happened that He was passing through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples began to make their way along while bpicking the heads of grain.

24 The Pharisees were saying to Him, “Look, awhy are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

25 And He * said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions became hungry;

26 how he entered the house of God in the time of aAbiathar the high priest, and ate the 1consecrated bread, which bis not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests, and he also gave it to those who were with him?”

27 Jesus said to them, aThe Sabbath 1was made 2for man, and bnot man 2for the Sabbath.

28 “So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

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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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Or showbread; lit loaves of presentation

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Or came into being

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Lit because for the sake of

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