“If it ain’t broke, fix it ’til it is!”
That’s what keeps running through my mind this morning. It blows my mind how many translations of the Bible there are today. Seriously, can someone please tell me what was so wrong with the ones we had 400 years ago? Besides the fact that they were “written in old English” and “people today don’t talk like that.” Peter Kirk over at Better Bibles, published a post this morning reporting that a new translation of the New Testament has just been announced. The name of said new translation is The King’s Version.
…because, honestly, there just aren’t enough translations out there already.
I ran across a discussion forum dedicated to talking about the Bible (or “bibleS” -plural- depending on your persuation), and found something interesting. Many people today go on and on about how the ESV is the next best thing since sliced bread. I myself went out and bought one to see what the rave was all about. But, upon reading it and studying up a little on it, I put it on the far end of my bookshelf where it has sat untouched since I first put it there.
Anyways, back to the interesting something I mentioned above. On this discussion forum, a man who claimed to love the ESV was beginning to second guess it:
I have purchased the ESV Bible and just love it but now I am troubled. In the Bible, the Lord warns us not to add nor take away from the Bible. Anyone who does so will not be written in the Book of Life.
In Colossians 1:14, NKJV –
“in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
In the ESV, Colossians 1:14 –
“in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
‘through His blood’ is omitted. I’ve read that the reason for this is that later manuscripts have added this but this is also in the KJV which is hundreds of years old. Isn’t this a sin the Lord warns us about on not adding nor taking away from the Bible? I love the ESV style but do not want to sin against the Lord if this version is wrong.
I wonder if he knows things are missing in the NKJV too? At the end of the discussion, the man decided to stick with his ESV. Now I ask… why would you willingly choose a version that troubled you?… a version you didn’t trust?
Then I ran across a blog where the author was teeter-tottering back and forth over the ESV and the NIV. His church originally used the NIV, then switched to the ESV, then back to the NIV. You can read his reasons in his blog post.
Over five years ago I wrote a piece justifying CCB’s adoption of the brand new translation of the Bible; the ESV. I’ve reproduced it here. In my humble opinion, it was a work of genius. The article, not the new translation! But I was also wrong. Not wrong as in sinful but wrong as in stupid.
If I had my time again I wouldn’t make the move. I’ve changed my mind. And we’ve gone back to the NIV. Many within the congregation are delighted. There was cheering in the All Age Congregation when I announced it. And they don’t get excited about anything!
I find it interesting that the reasons this pastor switched back from the ESV to the NIV are the very reasons most people use to switch from their KJV and move on to the ESV.
Regardless of any reasoning and excuses people use, I’m thankful that I have a Bible I can be sure of. And I’m thankful that I don’t have to flip flop from version to version every time I have a doubt about it. I’m confident that what I hold in my hand is the Word of God.
I know this post isn’t going to make me any friends, but I guess that’s okay. Free country. Free speech. Free rant.