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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Matthew 19:16–22

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The Rich Young Ruler

16 aAnd someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain beternal life?”

17 And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but aif you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18 Then he * said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, aYou shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness;

19 aHonor your father and mother; and bYou shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

20 The young man * said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?”

21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be 1complete, go and asell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have btreasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

22 But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

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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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