3 And they * 1sang aa new song before the throne and before the bfour living creatures and the celders; and dno one could learn the song except the eone hundred and forty-four thousand who had been apurchased from the earth.
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.
Two early mss read sing something like a new song