I hate to be an old fogie, whatever "fogie" means. But as the
young fogie said, "I didn’t even know what a writer was and now I are one." There’s an error in there
But I have some
problems with the new versions of the Bible. The minister takes his text from a certain place, and as I try to read along
with him, his wording is different from mine, and in trying to decipher and keep up, I miss the whole thing. It’s like
trying to listen to those politicians who interrupt each other, both talking at the same time.
And as for the memory verses I learned as a kid…I haven’t
heard anyone quoting a verse from a new version. For example, even my King James Bible and my favorite of the other versions,
the Living Bible, lose me in the Lord’s Prayer. Here’s the Living version:
Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom
come soon, may your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as
we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one."
And like some church
denominations, the Living version doesn’t include, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever..Amen."
That new version is nicely
done, but have you ever heard it quoted? When I was in what our church called the "card class," I learned a verse
or two, but I wonder what bible the kids memorize now.
You may know that when our Bible was first being copied by hand, there were no breaks between
verses, and chapters weren’t divided. I suppose you could say there just wasn’t any stopping places. And come
to think of it, maybe that was good…to just keep on reading until the candle burned out!
If the new bibles get the new generations to read more and understand
better, so be it. But carry all versions in a cart, so you’ll have today’s choice.