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Revelation 5:8–10

8 When He had taken the 1book, the afour living creatures and the btwenty-four elders cfell down before the dLamb, each one holding a eharp and fgolden bowls full of incense, which are the gprayers of the 2saints.

9 And they * sang a anew song, saying,

bWorthy are You to take the 1book and to break its seals; for You were cslain, and dpurchased for God with Your blood men from eevery tribe and tongue and people and nation.

10 “You have made them to be a akingdom and apriests to our God; and they will breign upon the earth.”

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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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