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By David Embury

Most 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.

One example of is as follows:

Mt 16:27 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.

Seems 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.

Other examples of the Greek word μελλω – mello:

Lk 7:2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die.

Lk 19:11 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.

Jn 4:47 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.

The 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.

Mt 16:27 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 doings.

Act 17:31 …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.

Act 24:15 …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;

Act 24:25 …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 thee;'

Rom 8:18 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;

2Tim 4:1 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 reign –

Heb 1:14 …are they not all spirits of service -- for ministration being sent forth because of those about to inherit salvation?

1Pet 5:1 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…

Rev 1:19 'Write the things that thou hast seen, and the things that are, and the things that are about to come after these things;

The above is but a small example of the various uses of mello as found in the New Testament.