Words have meanings . . .

 

A comparison of two of the version of one word; one verse Pray:

‎The New International Version ‎English Standard Version
‎‎Mt 9:38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” ‎‎Mt 9:38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

I have read, I believe, most if not all of both versions.  I cannot tell you that I think one version is better than the other, but I am amazed how different just in this one verse makes it so different.  I am amazed how so many of the same words are different between just these three versions.  I would think words like the ones below would not be changed or interpreted so differently.  How does this effect your understanding and/ or appreciation of the Bible?

Word AV ESV NIV
God 4717 4691 4528
Faith 465 450 356
Love 419 745 762
Hope 191 168 143
Hate 154 179 41
Pray 398 182 239
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Versions of Pride

‎English Standard Version ‎The New International Version
‎‎Ga 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. ‎‎Ga 6:1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
‎‎2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. ‎‎2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
‎‎3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. ‎‎3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.
‎‎4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. ‎‎4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,
‎‎5 For each will have to bear his own load. ‎‎5 for each one should carry their own load.
‎‎6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. ‎‎6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
‎‎7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. ‎‎7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
‎‎8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. ‎‎8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
‎‎9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. ‎‎9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
‎‎10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. ‎‎10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Forgive VS Pardon – and more . . .

First things first.  When I looked up the word forgive in my software version of the Bible, I have two versions, NIV and ESV, I just found that the ESV does not use the word forgive, it used the word pardon.  The ESV is said to be a word for word translation, I find the use of the two different words interesting in itself.  What is the difference between pardon and forgive?

Pardon: the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
Forgive: to give up resentment of or claim to requital (see requital 1) for forgive an insult :  to grant relief from payment of
The difference to me between the two words is the emotional part.  Forgive not only does not hold the action against you, meaning expecting a payment a payback, but also eliminates any emotional hostility, anger, bitterness that goes with it.  A pardon simply means, you sinned, I won’t hold the act against you, forgive means, I am emotionally disconnected from your act as well, I will not bring it up again when I want to use it against you for my benefit.

Exodus 23:20–26 (NIV)

God’s Angel to Prepare the Way

20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. 23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. 25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

Commentary:  This makes me think, the statement Exodus 23:22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. Is that truly us being a Christin is supposed to be, thus God’s commitment to us as he asks of us our commitment.  The difference, today, is God does forgive us and thank God for that.  If you do all that I say, God says in Exodus 23:22, isn’t that right on the verge of being perfect?

The quote made me think, am I doing all that God says?  How much of it am I doing and why?  Maybe I will make a list and start working on checking off the things I am doing which is not of God asking me to do.

 

God Bless,

Leland

 

 

Proverbs 26 – Selected Verses

Proverbs 26:2 (NIV)

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,

an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

Proverbs 26:4 (NIV)

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

or you yourself will be just like him.

Proverbs 26:6 (NIV)

Sending a message by the hands of a fool

is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.

Proverbs 26:11 (NIV)

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,

so fools repeat their folly.

Proverbs 26:18–19 (NIV)

18 Like a maniac shooting

flaming arrows of death

19 is one who deceives their neighbor

and says, “I was only joking!”

Proverbs 24 – Selected Verses

Proverbs 24 (ESV)

24 Be not envious of evil men,

nor desire to be with them,

for their hearts devise violence,

and their lips talk of trouble.

Proverbs 24:5–7 (ESV)

A wise man is full of strength,

and a man of knowledge enhances his might,

for by wise guidance you can wage your war,

and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Wisdom is too high for a fool;

in the gate he does not open his mouth.

Proverbs 24:10–11 (ESV)

10  If you faint in the day of adversity,

your strength is small.

Proverbs 24:14 (ESV)

14  Know that wisdom is such to your soul;

if you find it, there will be a future,

and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 24:17–18 (ESV)

17  Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,

and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,

18  lest the Lord see it and be displeased,

and turn away his anger from him.