would be familiar with 'Young's Analytical Concordance.' Another handy
volume is Young's Literal Translation of the Holy Bible. There
are some subtle yet interesting variations, which shed an important
light on some verses that often get glossed over.
example of is as follows:
For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with
His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
reasonable, however we could be forgiven for assuming [as is often the
case] 'a coming' in the far distant always "out there" yet to happen
future. Exploring this word "will" comes up with some interesting
variations not always clearly seen in our English translations. The word
here translated "will" is the Greek word mello – μελλω
which according to Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich and Wigram-Green lexicons means
about to or ready to or on the point of. The
literal Greek gives a definite impression of immediacy – that
which is near and on the verge of happening.
examples of the Greek word μελλω – mello:
And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick and
ready to die.
Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He
was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would
When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went
to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at
the point of death.
following scriptures are taken from 'Young's Literal Translation.' The
highlighted is mello – μελλω and is variously translated. What
the literal Greek rendering brings out is the immediacy of
God's workings in the first century time frame, in their [the early
church's] not too distant future, a future for them that had
ramifications for ALL time.
For the Son of man is about to come in the glory of his Father
with his angels, and then he will render to each according to his
…because He did set a day in which He is about to judge the
world in righteousness, by a man whom He did ordain, having given
assurance to all, having raised him out of the dead.
…having hope toward God, which they themselves also wait for, [that]
there is about to be a rising again of the dead, both of
righteous and unrighteous;
…and he reasoning concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the
judgment that is about to be, Felix, having become afraid,
answered, 'For the present be going, and having got time, I will call
For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time [are] not worthy
[to be compared] with the glory about to be revealed in us;
I do fully testify, then, before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who
is about to judge living and dead at his manifestation and his
…are they not all spirits of service -- for ministration being sent
forth because of those about to inherit salvation?
Elders who [are] among you, I exhort, who [am] a fellow-elder, and a
witness of the sufferings of the Christ, and of the glory about to
be revealed a partaker…
'Write the things that thou hast seen, and the things that are, and
the things that are about to come after these things;
above is but a small example of the various uses of mello
as found in the New Testament.