26 For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. 28 I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
4 Ezra 6:262 Esdras
24 At that time friends shall make war on friends as though they were enemies, and the earth and all its inhabitants shall be terrified. Running streams shall stand still; for three hours they shall cease to flow. 25 ‘Whoever is left after all that I have foretold, he shall be preserved, and shall see the deliverance that I bring and the end of this world of mine. 26 They shall all see the men who were taken up into heaven without ever knowing death. Then shall men on earth feel a change of heart and come to a better mind. 27 Wickedness shall be blotted out and deceit destroyed, 28 but faith shall flourish, corruption be overcome, and truth, so long unfruitful, be brought to light.’
Notes and References
"... In every case where the phrase “taste death” is used in the New Testament (compare Mark 9:1; Matt 16:28; Luke 9:27; Hebrews 2:9; also Sibyllene Oracles 1.82), “death” follows “taste” so that we might say this word order is simply more likely than not, although as P. Oxy. 654 and perhaps 4 Ezra 6:26 show, it is not a necessary word order (for Greek retroversion of 4 Ezra, see Schlatter, Johannes, 218). Moreover, in the two other cases of seeing death in the New Testament (Luke 2:26; Hebrews 11:5), “death” follows “see”, unlike in John. In both cases, the phrase has the sense of literal, physical death ..."
Tripp, Jeffrey Michael Remember the Word That I Told You: Direct Internal Quotation in Remember the Word That I Told You: Direct Internal Quotation in the Gospel of John (p. 83) Loyola University Chicago, 2016
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