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Revelation 10:8–11

8 Then athe voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, “Go, take bthe 1book which is open in the hand of the angel who bstands on the sea and on the land.”

9 So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he * said to me, “aTake it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”

10 I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.

11 And athey * said to me, “You must bprophesy again concerning cmany peoples and nations and tongues and dkings.”

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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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