I am currently reading the Gospel According to John in a King James Version of the Bible, and I cannot understand the use of the third person singular in some of the verses:
1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
I read online that saith is used in present tense, but it doesn't seem to fit in the first verse. Translating to modern English, we would read:
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and says unto them, (...)
Is saith really the present tense, and said the past tense, or I'm confusing things up?