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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Mark 3:31–35

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31 aThen His mother and His brothers * arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.

32 A crowd was sitting around Him, and they * said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.”

33 Answering them, He * said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”

34 Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He * said, aBehold My mother and My brothers!

35 “For whoever adoes the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

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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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