Archive for March 21st, 2017

Translation Trouble – Act 2.1                                      

AV “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”

NIV “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.”

The impoverished NIV reader is not given the term “one accord.”

Webster says “accord” means “To bring into agreement.” “Together” physically, is not the same as “agreement” as anyone knows who has seen a home disagreement. Significant? Surely!

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Be Humble

1Pe 5. 5

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”

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“It is easier to be a fanatic than a faithful soul because

there is something amazingly humbling…in being loyal to God.”

– Oswald Chambers, from MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST

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What attracts you to the world? Its purity? Its consistency? Its mercifulness? Its permanency? Its dependability? Its clarity of thought and motive? (Note, this list is sarcastic.) But Really – What is it that has attracted you to this fading, failing, false, and fallen world? It is high time you become perfectly honest with yourself and with God.

– eab, 2/18/17

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Lord, You’ll have to defeat the devil.

We don’t have the strength

We can’t do it alone, we can’t do it at length,

Lord, You’ll have to defeat the enemy

Time and time again

But there’s coming a day,

O glorious day

When the battle will end.

There’s a final victory coming,

For the blood-washed of all ages,

The simple and the sages,

The kings and their pages.

There’s a final victory coming,

When the battle will be won.

Trials will end, Christ will descend

The Father’s Redeeming Son.

– eab,      Mar.  1978

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My dad was raised in a

southern Ohio village where some Europeans settled after coming to this country. There were (I don’t understand the connection, if any) both Hungarians and Swedes. Dad told of one of the men saying, “When I first came to America I couldn’t say ‘yack-knife’ at all. Now I can say ‘yack-knife’ as good as anybody.” (Almost all men in by-gone-days carried a jack-knife; larger, if ordinary folks, smaller, if businessmen.) I could wish men still carried “yack-knives” but more important, that we Carry Love.

And YOU can love people “as good as anybody.” 🙂 

– eab, 3/21/17

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The NIV revisers claim a, “Concern for clear and natural English…contemporary but not dated.”

Here’s a partial list of NIV’s “clear and contemporary” words and then AV’s “dated” archaic words

Pro 21.24 “…overweening pride.”   “…proud wrath.”

Isa 16.6   “…and her insolence…”   “…and his wrath…”

Isa 30.1   “Woe to the obstinate children…”   “Woe to the rebellious children…”

Jer 27.7   “…kings will subjugate him.” “…kings shall serve themselves of him.”

Some other “common” words found in the NIV are; clerestory, dirge, festal, festooned, filigree, etc.

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Ante-Nicene Quote

“Whatever both philosophers and poets have said concerning the immortality of the soul or…doctrines of like kind they…received…from the prophets…hence there seem to be seeds of truth among all men.”

– Justin, First Apology

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