Saturday, June 18, 2011

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TRANSLATIONS
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I was faced with a
certain spiritual
dilemma following
my "awakening" last
year. I was "hungry"
for the Word of
God, however, I had
difficulty connecting
with the language
used in my tried and
true King James
Version (KJV).
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Fortunately, my cousin Dorothy had a solution. Dorothy and her family attended my book signing at an Orlando, FL Barnes & Noble store in April 2010. I’d mentioned to her previously my anxieties regarding the KJV. At the end of the event, she handed me a colorful gift bag with fancy tissue paper sticking out of the top, containing a new Bible — a New Living Translation (NLT). This was a version even I could understand and it was exactly what I needed.

Just as we all enjoy unique personal relationships with our earthly fathers, we likewise all have special connections to our spiritual Father. Consequently, I don't believe that any particular version of the Bible is a one-size-fits-all translation.

Although the language used in the KJV is certainly beautiful, I struggled with the "verilies," "heretos" and "therefores." Yet with its streetwise simplicity, I began burning through my NLT like a hot knife through butter. Here's just one example of the differences between the KJV and the NLT...


MATTHEW 17:20
(KJV)
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you , If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain , Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

(NLT)
You don't have enough faith, Jesus told them. I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.

I'm certainly NOT suggesting that any one translation is better than another. I'm merely suggesting that if you too "hunger" for the Word of God, but feel overwhelmed, there are several options and I encourage everyone to seek out the version that best "speaks" to them.

-Christopher Long
(June 2011)


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2 comments:

  1. I like relaxing with my laptop and reading the Bible. I love blueletterbible.com and biblegateway.com. Between those two websites, you can have any translation you want including the Aramaic and the Greek!

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  2. I love my daughter's bible "The Message Remix". Psalm 34:14-15 from the NIV reads " 14 The wicked draw the sword
       and bend the bow
    to bring down the poor and needy,
       to slay those whose ways are upright.
    15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
       and their bows will be broken."

    The remix reads: "Bullies brandish their swords, pull back on their bows with a flourish. They're out to beat up on the harmless, or mug that nice man out walking his dog, a banana peel lands them flat on their faces - slapstick figures in a moral circus".

    Love it!

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