Saturday, December 17, 2016


Photo by Chris Brown.  These are some antique books and book ends my parents owned for many years.  I don't know where they came from.  Maybe from the Grandparents.

Sometimes, when we are out and about running errands,  in this busy season, we may be appalled at the wild and reckless driving of some.  On the other hand we may be one of them.  I've made some driving mistakes in my life that I couldn't believe.  Now I find out that I'm one of the group who has chosen as a gift a bad paraphrase of the Bible.  So I am one of the wild and crazy people out there.

Please learn from my mistakes.  Here is what I found out from my latest error.  If you are contemplating the possibility of purchasing a Bible paraphrase rather than a translation as a Christmas gift for someone, here is some quick advice.  Don't buy "The Message,"  authored by Eugene Peterson. I just found out that it is not a good paraphrase. The living Bible by Kent Taylor is a better choice.

Here is a comparison of the Lord's Prayer in The English Standard Version, The Message, and The Living Bible:

Matthew 6:9-15 ESV:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,    but deliver us from evil.[d)14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Now let’s look at the same verses in the Message
Our Father in heaven, 
Reveal who you are. 
Set the world right; 
Do what’s best— as above, so below. 
Keep us alive with three square meals. 
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. 
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. 
You’re in charge! 
You can do anything you want! 
You’re ablaze in beauty! 
Yes. Yes. Yes.

The Living Bible:
‘Our Father in heaven, we honor your holy name. 10 We ask that your kingdom will come now. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. 11 Give us our food again today, as usual, 12 and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. 13 Don’t bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One.[a] Amen.’ 14-15 Your heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but if you refuse to forgive them, he will not forgive you.

Which one is better?  You choose.

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