Month: November 2011
THE TRANSLATION PROCESS
By Don Kuhn, Burleson, Texas
The scene is the day of Pentecost. The account of all that happened that day is recorded in Acts chapter 2. One of the amazing things, for the people of many places gathered there, is that each person heard the message in his own native language. God through the Holy Spirit provided a way for each one to clearly understand. “Some of us were born Jews. Others are converts to Judaism. We can hear these men in our own languages! We can all understand the wonderful things they are saying about God. (Acts 2:11, The Simple English Bible.)
Today people still need to hear the message from God in their own language. That is why translations of the Bible are continually needed. Even within a single language, the meaning of words change with time. It is good to see that translations easily understood by English-speaking people are being published.
The translation of the Bible into English must continue the process began before the King James Version. We must not stagnate now and end up with a translation only a few can understand. This is the danger of a few interpreting the Word of God for the majority of people. Denominations, which by and large still use the King James Version, us it to teach error. No translation can be totally free of misinterpretation by those who wish to misuse it. However, the clearer it is to the average person, the better the opportunity for truth to be self-evident.
“While a major portion of the KJV is understandable to any person who reads English, because of the choice of words and/or the change of the English speech since 1611, some sentences in the King James will not be understood without the help of a commentary. Champions of the use of the KJV forget that they have been conditioned to its oddities by a lifetime of study. The new reader and the uneducated reader have not had that conditioning.” (The English Bible from KJV to NIV, Jack P. Lewis, page 53.)
The New International Version and The Simple English Bible are two fine examples of the ongoing translation process. For an indepth study of translations, read The English Bible from KJV to NIV, A History and evaluation, by Jack P. Lewis, Baker Book House and How We Got the Bible by Neil Lightfoot, Baker Book House.
–By Don Kuhn, Via, Johnson Park church of Christ, Borger, Texas. 1983 bulletin
My Note: It is strange, but I have noticed many times that people who have a disdain for the NIV and other good later translations, when they are explaining what a text means in the KJV or other early versions, explain it with the very same words that the NIV uses in Scripture! Are they wanting to go back to the ‘dark ages’ so all can not know what the Scripture says in today’s language? Evidently, it’s okay to say it, but you’d better not print it????
As Christians, we must be very careful to make intelligent and informed decisions about what translations of the Bible we choose to read. On the liberal extreme, we have people who would give us heretical new translations that attempt to change God’s Word to make it politically correct. One example of this, which has made headlines recently is the Today’s New International Version (T.N.I.V.) which seeks to remove all gender-specific references in the Bible whenever possible! Not all new translations are good… and some are very bad.
But equally dangerous, is the other extreme… of blindly rejecting ANY English translation that was produced in the four centuries that have come after the 1611 King James. We must remember that the main purpose of the Protestant Reformation was to get the Bible out of the chains of being trapped in an ancient language that few could understand, and into the modern, spoken, conversational language of the present day. William Tyndale fought and died for the right to print the Bible in the common, spoken, modern English tongue of his day… as he boldly told one official who criticized his efforts, “If God spare my life, I will see to it that the boy who drives the plowshare knows more of the scripture than you, Sir!”
Will we now go backwards, and seek to imprison God’s Word once again exclusively in ancient translations? Clearly it is not God’s will that we over-react to SOME of the bad modern translations, by rejecting ALL new translations and “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”. The Word of God is unchanging from generation to generation, but language is a dynamic and ever-changing form of communication. We therefore have a responsibility before God as Christians to make sure that each generation has a modern translation that they can easily understand, yet that does not sacrifice accuracy in any way. Let’s be ever mindful that we are not called to worship the Bible. That is called idolatry. We are called to worship the God who gave us the Bible, and who preserved it through the centuries of people who sought to destroy it.
We are also called to preserve the ancient, original English translations of the Bible… and that is what we do here at WWW.GREATSITE.COM
This English Bible History Article & Timeline is ©2002 by author & editor: John L. Jeffcoat III. Special thanks is also given to Dr. Craig H. Lampe for his valuable contributions to the text. This page may be freely reproduced or quoted, in whole or in part, in print or electronically, under the one condition that prominent credit must be given to “WWW.GREATSITE.COM” as the source.
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The New International Version and The Simple English Bible are two fine examples of the ongoing translation process. For an indepth study of translations, read: The English Bible from KJV to NIV, A History and Evaluation, by Jack P. Lewis, Baker Book House and How We Got the Bible by Neil Lightfoot, Baker Book House. – Don Kuhn, Borger Beacon: Johnson Park church of Christ, Borger, Texas
Note: These two books may be available from Abebooks.com a place where you can get books from $1.00 and up plus shipping.
Moses: A staff
David: A sling and 5 stones
Jacob: Savory meat and bread
Jael: A hammer and tent-peg
Daughter of Herodias: A platter
Dorcas: A needle
Judas: 30 pieces of silver
Our hand: ???
THE INFLUENCE OF MOTHERS
If you had a little boy…your very own little boy…and you knew that at any time Pharaoh’s daughter could come and claim him for her own, what would you teach him?
In those few months, years or whatever time you had to spend with him, what would you try to instill in the heart and mind of that little boy? Moses’ mother had only a very short time to teach him about God and to train him in God’s will.
We do not know how long she was with Moses (Exodus 2:7-10), but that mother surely had her values in order. She had trained him well enough in that little while that his love for God and his faith in Him was so strong that he gave up a life of prominence and luxury later on, for a life of affliction and suffering with the Lord’s people. I am persuaded this training did not come from the king’s palace.
Can we, who have as long as 18 and sometimes 19 years do as well? It depends so much on where we place our values. Imagine with me, if you will, a huge department store where someone has mischievously misplaced the price tags: A curtain rod sells for $150.00 and a wash cloth for $ 200.00, a tea towel for $250.00, but a beautiful carpet sells for 13 cents per square yard and living room suite for 95 cents.
If you can imagine anything that ridiculous can you just see what a state of frenzy we homemakers would be in? We may not stock up on many tea towels or wash cloths at that price, but we would get rather excited over the other bargains! If we could make it past the check-out counter, we would be having a ball!! Wouldn’t we?
Well, this has happened in America. No…not in material things that we can see, but in something of much more value than material things. But mothers, we are not having a ball…we are losing our children! Satan has somehow convinced us that a job outside the home is more important than the home and that things of a material nature are more important than training our children …in the way they should go. (Proverbs 22:6).
So many , many mothers leave their children in day care centers or with a baby sitter to be influenced by these people all day long. I had my first baby at age 18 and my last one at age 20, but young though I was, I thought mine too precious to leave in the care of someone else. We can count on one hand the times we left our children with someone between birth and school age.
Today, some parents’ concern and also the concern of Christian psychologists and counselors seems to be whether that day care center is equipped with the proper learning tools for their age and things like attendant and children ratio. These are little insignificant things compared to the mother leaving that child in the first place.
Yes, Satan has really done his job well in convincing most of us. It all happened so gradually over several decades that not many seem concerned about what it is doing to our families in America. The chilling thought that comes to my mind is that we mothers in America, a land of freedom, are doing the very thing to ourselves and to our little children that the governments of some other countries are doing to the mothers and their little ones by force.
Some of the actual remarks I have heard over the years are: “I had to go to work…My child and I were getting too close” and “My working has been so good for both my son and me, because he was getting to be such a mother’s boy.”
This is what it is all about. How can we ever teach our children and instill in them a desire to get close to a Heavenly Father if they are not allowed to even get close to us…their parents? One of the latest and most heart-breaking remarks I have heard was: “I have the fear that someday I will look back on my life and all I will have accomplished is raising kids!”
What a sad commentary on mother-hood in America! If that is all we have accomplished but have trained them up to have favor with God, what an accomplishment! Nothing can compare to that! One of my favorite quotes is from Benjamin Franklin: “It is the eyes of other people that ruin us. If all but myself were blind, I should want neither a fine house nor fine furniture.” What a lesson in those few words! It makes us wonder how many of our children are lost because of false pride in materialism.
Even when some gospel preachers preach on this subject of mothers in the home, some of them say, “We are not talking about those cases where it is necessary for the mother to work to help make a living.” As though the reason will make a difference in the neglect of the children. It is better to have a much smaller living than to sacrifice your children on the altar of materialism.
This quote from Benjamin Franklin makes us see that when we put material things, (yes, even necessary ones) ahead of our little ones that we are sacrificing the precious for the trivial. What a tragedy!
-Christian Bible Teacher Magazine, Edna L. Ingram, May 1982
One of my friends went out one night to check on something and the door locked behind her. She couldn’t get her son or husband to hear her as she almost knocked the windows out by their bedrooms pecking on it and screaming at them. She finally had to get in the car to sleep and said the mosquitoes were about to eat her up…..
My story isn’t that scary…but it was pretty dramatic (to me). About 5 years ago, Bobby was going to a baseball game and I went outside with him as he left. Our grandkids were in college so they were not playing, or I’d have gone with him.
I decided to go outside as Bobby left and didn’t realize he had already locked the doorknob as he went out. So when I pulled the door to behind me it was locked. No problem at all if I’d had something to read…I could have sat on the porch swing until he returned…but no, there was nothing to do. I was desperate to get back in. I remembered the bathroom window was unlocked.
There was a wooden box game (about 3 inches tall) that Bobby had built standing on the ground and I climbed upon it and opened the window. Crawled in head first…and as far as I could reach with my hands it was still about 2 feet to the floor. I was afraid I’d break something if I just fell in…so I raised up, with great difficulty and got myself back out.
I found a 5 gallon bucket out back that we pick the garden in, so I got it and got back in the window to place it where I could put my hands on and get in without having to fall so far. Yep, the bucket turned over and rolled out of my reach! I got back out of the window, again with great difficulty and looked for a hoe, rake or something.
I climbed back on the wooden box, stuck the hoe through the window and with great difficulty got the bail of the bucket through it. It took several tries as you can imagine but I finally got the bucket turned up and put the hoe down and put my hands on the bucket and just kinda fell in. Oh, did I mention this was all with great difficulty?
Wow! I was back home! This all took almost an hour…And that is why I wear my house key around my neck!
My grandkids want me to go through this again so they can video it. Not gonna happen! They laugh every time they see the key I’m wearing!!!
We used to have Mud Martins under our car port at our other house. Some people call them Chimney Sweeps. They may also be called Barn Swallows. They make their little nests out of mud and let it dry. They fasten the mud to anything they can get it to stick to and make their little homes out of it.
They came back every year on March 31. One summer I was watching them out the back door and we didn’t know how many eggs had been laid but several times we saw four little heads sticking up.
I was watching one day when the parents had decided it was time for them to learn to fly and leave the nest. I watched the two parents coax them out and it took about 10 minutes for two of them and a few minutes more for another. When their little wings took flight for the first time, they were sooooo cute.
There was one little straggler though and he just hunkered down in the nest, seemingly determined to not leave it. The parents were flying around the nest ‘encouraging him’ and his little nest mates were doing the same. I watched for about 5 minutes and finally he crept upon the edge of the nest and sat there and watched.
The other birds and the little ones kept flying by barely missing the nest…and chirping as if to say: “Come on! Come on! You can do it! It’s so much fun!” I guess they finally convinced him because after he had sat on the edge of the nest for about 5 or 6 minutes, he took off.
I wouldn’t have missed that show for the world!!!