New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Matthew 27:11–14

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Jesus before Pilate

11 aNow Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the bKing of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, cIt is as you say.”

12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, aHe did not answer.

13 Then Pilate * said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?”

14 And aHe did not answer him with regard to even a single 1charge, so the governor was quite amazed.

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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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