An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Bubble Translation

(Pro 21:6 KJV)  The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

As I said earlier, I am reading the New American Bible this month.  It is the official translation into English of the Roman Catholic Church.  I have various reasons for reading different versions of the Bible.  One of them is to determine if they are word for word translations or more along the line of a paraphrase.  Although there are aspects of the word for word in the NAB, today tells me it has the spirit of paraphrase also.  That can be thought provoking but is not good if you are looking for accuracy and truth.  This verse reads like this,

(Pro 21:6 NAB)  He who makes a fortune by a lying tongue
    is chasing a bubble over deadly snares
A colorful picture to be sure but not quite what the text says.

So?  Read the word.  Feel free to look at paraphrases, but I would caution you to always compare it to something more accurate.  You may get a great insight.  You may miss the truth.

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