5:14 After this Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, 2 lest anything worse happen to you.”
1 tn Grk “who had had thirty-eight years in his disability.”
2 tn Since this is a prohibition with a present imperative, the translation “stop sinning” is sometimes suggested. This is not likely, however, since the present tense is normally used in prohibitions involving a general condition (as here) while the aorist tense is normally used in specific instances. Only when used opposite the normal usage (the present tense in a specific instance, for example) would the meaning “stop doing what you are doing” be appropriate.