New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Matthew 8:18–22

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Discipleship Tested

18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, aHe gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea.

19 aThen a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

20 Jesus * said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the 1air have 2nests, but athe Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

21 Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus * said to him, aFollow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”

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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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