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GC: Variant a has a small, coherent attestation with the two witnesses most closely related to A at the top (03, P74). Variant b has a perfectly coherent majority attestation. The group is led by 03 which becomes visible with IR=?.
TC: Although there is a general tendency to favor compound forms instead of simplex in Koine Greek, the resulting argument for a<b is weakened by the inclination in 03 to prefer the shorter form, and by the fact that in this special case the simplex is used more frequently than the compound.
 The TLG shows nearly five times more entries for the simplex. Barrett (882) regards στηρίζων as “probably right” without stating his reasons; Pervo (456) prefers the simplex because it was “less common”.