Psalms 25:11 TS2009 – Wow!

This verse jumped off the page last night.

For Your Name’s sake, O יהוה,
You shall pardon my crookedness, though it is great.
Tehillim (Psalms) 25:11 TS2009

The psalmist is telling God, “You shall.” Wow! The HalleluYah Scriptures translation is almost the same. (No online version, so no link.)

For Your Name’s sake, O יהוה,
You shall pardon my wickedness, though it is great.
Tehillim (Psalms) 25:11 HYS

Most English translations of this verse have more of an “asking” tone.

For the sake of your name, Lord,
    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Psalm 25:11 NIV

For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
Psalm 25:11 NKJV

For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity and my guilt, for [they are] great.
Psalm 25:11 AMPC

Looking at all the various translations of Psalms 25:11 at BibleGateway and BibleHub, there are a few like the TS2009 and the HYS.

Be true to your name, LORD, by forgiving each one of my terrible sins.
CEV

For thy name’s sake, O Jehovah, thou wilt indeed pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
DARBY

For thy name’s sake, O Lord, thou wilt pardon my sin: for it is great.
Douay-Rheims Bible

Lord, for thy name, thou shalt do mercy to my sin; for it is much.
WYC

Why is this a big deal? Initially I was shocked at the psalmist’s boldness. Who dares to tell God, “You shall”? But after meditating awhile, I decided it is a statement of faith. The God said it, I believe it, that settles it faith. See, I know that I have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, and the wages of my sin is the death penalty. But, thank God, His gift to me is eternal life in Christ Jesus my Lord! I confess that Jesus is Lord and I believe in my heart that יהוה raised Him from the dead, so I am saved! He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע.

God promises many places in Scripture to forgive.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
Psalms 103:11-14 NKJV

25 I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.
26 Put Me in remembrance;
Let us contend together;
State your case, that you may be acquitted.”
Isaiah 43:25-26 NKJV

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
1 Peter 3:18 NKJV

Therefore, God shall pardon my wickedness, though it is great!

Is your wickedness pardoned?

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HalleluYah Scriptures Review

This is a review of my large print copy of the HalleluYah Scriptures (HYS), 6th Edition 2015, which I received on August 9, 2017.

My report of April 8, 2018 was generally positive. This review is generally negative. I hate to do it. I believe the HYS is a fine translation. But as an overall product it has significant shortcomings, and I don’t use it very much anymore. Had I known in August 2017 what I know now about the HYS, I probably would not have purchased it. Hence this review.

No Electronic Version

To the best of my knowledge, the HYS is not available in electronic form. This is its biggest shortcoming for me. Not only can I not copy/paste Scriptures from the HYS into my blog posts, I can’t read it unless I have the large book with me. I have two other restored-names Bibles, the Eth-CEPHER (CEPHER) and The Scriptures, 2009 Edition (TS2009). Both of these have electronic versions available, and they are installed on my iPhone and iPad. The text is downloaded into my iDevices, so they work in Airline Mode.

(While copy/paste is limited in both the CEPHER and the TS2009, it is acceptable for short quotations. I wish they were available on BibleGateway!)

I often use electronic editions of the Bible. The fact that I cannot access the HYS in electronic form is a big bummer.

Poor Paper Quality

I often use these printed Bibles.

Of these five, the paper of the HYS is noticeably less opaque than the others. I have some difficulty reading the HYS because the words on the other side of the page I’m reading are quite dark. It doesn’t seem to matter if I’m in dim light or bright light — the backside words are proportionally dim or bright. Here are pictures of Psalms 91.

I generally don’t highlight my Bibles because I always want to be open to fresh understanding and insight. But I decided to highlight the table of contents of my HYS for this post. I didn’t purposely “go slow” or “pause.” I tried to highlight exactly as I would if I still used highlighters in my Bible.

This amount of see-through is unacceptable for me. Note you can read the pink-highlighted “NEBI’IM” through the page!

FREE – NOT FOR RESALE

This didn’t bother me much in August 2017. But now that I have over 600 blog posts, and I have never been able to copy/paste from the HYS, it bothers me a lot. The cover page makes a bold statement.

I have several issues with this. First, the context seems to be things that have nothing to do with money. “Heal the sick” etc.

These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.
Matthew 10:5-10 NKJV

Here are some other Scriptures.

Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
1 Corinthians 9:14 KJV

For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.
1 Timothy 5:18 NASB

Second, as far as I’m concerned, I bought my copy. I looked on Amazon to see what leather, large print Bibles cost. My “donation” matched or exceeded their minimum acceptable, so they shipped me MY HYS large print Bible. Just about every time I see the prominent FREE – NEVER TO BE SOLD, my mind says, “Nope! I bought it.”

Third, why are they withholding the most common distribution format, electronic? Freely they received, apparently, but they are not giving out the easiest and fastest way of sending Scripture to someone halfway around the world.

The Bible teaches that for some things, more than one opinion is correct.

One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.
Romans 14:5-6 NKJV

This may be one of those cases. I would never say the HYS people are lying. But from my point of view, “FREE – NEVER TO BE SOLD” simply isn’t true – especially since the electronic editions are withheld.

Man Is Not Your Teacher

The FOOTNOTES paragraph makes a bold statement about the Ruah ha’Qodesh (the Holy Spirit) being your teacher, and not man.

While this is true, it neglects the Scripture that clearly teaches about teachers. Sometimes the Holy Spirit teaches through others. I think the HYS assertion to not learn from human teachers is somewhere between foolish and dangerous. “Hey, brand-new born-again Christian. Sit in your house and read your HYS. You don’t need man to teach you.” Here is some alternative Scripture.

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV

No Footnotes?

All my other printed Bibles have footnotes. One of them has very, very few footnotes. Perhaps its most common footnote is, “The Hebrew meaning of this word is uncertain.” But that is good information to know. It explains why some passages read so differently in different translations!

In my opinion it is impossible that the HYS translators chose the exact right word or phrase in every instance for all English readers worldwide. It seems to me understanding of the Scriptures would be increased by an occasional footnote, giving alternate translations for a word or phrase, or even, “The Hebrew meaning of this word is uncertain.”

Which Texts Were Used? And Why?

In my copy of the HYS there is no preface, introduction or appendix that states the texts used for the translation, and why those texts were chosen. I would like to know which texts were chosen and why they were chosen, and am surprised it is not included.

“Tight” Format

My copy of the HYS has little space between the columns, and no extra space between chapters.

This is an issue for me because one of my favorite ways of studying the Bible is to make copies of pages of the Bible, cut them up, and make posters. I may not highlight my Bibles, but I sure enjoy marking up the posters! The “tightness” of the text makes it difficult to cut up.

For HYS

If any HYS people read this, I hope they consider it counsel and not criticism. The HYS translation seems exceptional; it is the “packaging” and electronic editions availability that need improvement.

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellers they are established.
Proverbs 15:22 KJV

Only with sound guidance should you wage war, and victory lies in a multitude of counselors.
Proverbs 24:6 BSB

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Psalms 91 – Restored Names Bibles

Psalms 91 is worth reading and praying in my three restored-names Bibles. But a shortcoming of all three is I know of no way to easily paste their formatted text into blog posts. So here are screen shots and photos.

Eth-CEPHER

The Eth-CEPHER is available as a hardbound book and as an app for mobile devices. A nice feature of the app is the definition popups for highlighted words.

Here are all the definition popups for Psalms 91.

iPad screenshots.

iPhone screenshots.

The Scriptures, 2009 Edition (TS2009)

My TS2009 is the hardcopy Bible I use most. It is also available in electronic for for programs such as e-Sword and theWord. The 1998 edition is also available for e-readers. Here is Psalms 91 TS2009 from e-Sword. It would take me maybe an hour to get it in the format I usually use.

Psa 91:1  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, Who abides under the shadow of the Almighty,

Psa 91:2  He is saying of יהוה, “My refuge and my stronghold, My Elohim, in whom I trust!”

Psa 91:3  For He delivers you from the snare of a trapper, From the destructive pestilence.

Psa 91:4  He covers you with His feathers, And under His wings you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armour.

Psa 91:5  You are not afraid of the dread by night, Of the arrow that flies by day,

Psa 91:6  Of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Of destruction that ravages at midday.

Psa 91:7  A thousand fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it does not come near you.

Psa 91:8  Only with your eyes you look on, And see the reward of the wrong ones.

Psa 91:9  Because you have made יהוה – My refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place,

Psa 91:10  No evil befalls you, And a plague does not come near your tent;

Psa 91:11  For He commands His messengers concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.

Psa 91:12  They bear you up in their hands, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Psa 91:13  You tread upon lion and cobra, Young lion and serpent you trample under foot.

Psa 91:14  “Because he cleaves to Me in love, Therefore I deliver him; I set him on high, Because he has known My Name.

Psa 91:15  “When he calls on Me, I answer him; I am with him in distress; I deliver him and esteem him.

Psa 91:16  “With long life I satisfy him, And show him My deliverance.”

The TS2009 is online at Bible dot com, but the site’s navigation has been broken for quite some time. I had to edit the URL by hand:

https://www.bible.com/bible/316/psa.91.ts2009

Photos.

HalleluYah Scriptures

To the best of my knowledge, the HalleluYah Scriptures are not available in electronic format. Here are photos.

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Isaiah 40:28-31 in Several Translations

A couple nights ago I read Isaiah 41. Then I backed up a little and read the last few verses of Isaiah 40. I kept reading and reading, and eventually had 6 Bibles open on the table. I’m not sure how long I read these passages over and over and over, but it could have been an hour or more. Here is the Scripture in several translations. I didn’t bold text what spoke especially to me, so you can let the Spirit speak what you especially need. Blessings!


28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV


Have you not known? have you not heard, that ELOHAI OLAM, YAHUAH, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon YAHUAH shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. YESHA’YAHU 40:28-31 את CEPHER


“Did you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting Elohim, יהוה, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who wait on יהוה renew their strength, they raise up the wing like eagles, they run and are not weary, they walk and do not faint.”
Yeshayah (Isaiah)‬ ‭40:28-31‬ ‭TS2009‬‬


Did you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting Elohim, YHWH, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who wait on YHWH renew their strength, they raise up the wing like eagles, they run and are not weary, they walk and do not faint.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah)‬ ‭40:28-31‬ HYS


Isaiah 40:28-31 Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.
29 
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who has no might He increases power.
30 
Even youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.


Isaiah 40:28-31 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.

29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].

30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;

31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.


Isaiah 40:28-31 English Standard Version (ESV)

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.


Isaiah 40:28-31 King James Version (KJV)

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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Humility and The Reverence of YHWH

I am somewhat of a war nut, going way, way back. Even before my time in the U.S. military. My 8th grade term paper was titled, Airplanes of WWII. War brings out both the worst and best in people. Many have shown their ultimate love for their fellow fighters by voluntarily sacrificing themselves so that others could live.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 KJV

A particular fascination of mine is how Adolf Hitler was able to deceive and lead an entire nation down a very dark path. I was watching a video on the topic, and it had many clips of German people speaking on camera shortly after WWII had ended. Most spoke in German, and the video had English subtitles. One person spoke, and when I read the subtitles, I said, “That is not what he said!” I took German in high school. Though it is very, very rusty, I still understand a good deal of German. The sentence the person had spoken I had understood in German. The translation had significantly different meaning, in my opinion, than the meaning in German. But I couldn’t improve the translation from German to English. It would have taken paragraphs. It occurred to me again there is often a smearing of meaning when translating from one language to another.

(Mark Twain wrote about some of the difficulties of his learning German. On the gender of nouns: “It is a bleak Day. Hear the Rain, how he pours, and the Hail, how he rattles; and see the Snow, how he drifts along, and oh the Mud, how deep he is! Ah the poor Fishwife, it is stuck fast in the Mire; it has dropped its Basket of Fishes; and its Hands have been cut by the Scales as it seized some of the falling Creatures; and one Scale has even got into its Eye. And it cannot get her out. It opens its Mouth to cry for Help; but if any Sound comes out of him, alas he is drowned by the raging of the Storm.”)

One of the biggest things that has happened to me in my recent Bible study is that I have developed an intense desire to be able to read and understand the Scriptures in the original languages. When digging into the Hebrew or Greek of a passage, I often discover that the English translations are inadequate and differ from one another. But I have also learned that just reading the Strong’s does not make me a Hebrew and Greek expert. I want to be able to think and read in the original languages! This is a recent example of wanting to be able to think in Hebrew.

If you have read the Bible awhile you probably are aware that great blessings come from humility and fearing the LORD.

By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
Proverbs 22:4 KJV

But the  HalleluYah Scriptures state humility is the prerequisite for the fear of the LORD, or its more accurate (IMO) translation, the reverence of YHWH.

The reward of humility is the reverence of YHWH,
Riches, and esteem and hai.
Proverbs 22:4 HYS

Which is right? To a non-Hebrew speaker looking at BibleHub, who knows?


Text Analysis
Str Translit Hebrew English Morph
6118 [e] ‘ê-qeḇ עֵ֣קֶב By Noun
6038 [e] ‘ă-nā-wāh עֲ֭נָוָה humility Noun
3374 [e] yir-’aṯ יִרְאַ֣ת the fear Noun
3068 [e] Yah-weh; יְהוָ֑ה of the LORD [are] Noun
6239 [e] ‘ō-šer עֹ֖שֶׁר riches Noun
3519 [e] wə-ḵā-ḇō-wḏ וְכָב֣וֹד and honor Noun
2416 [e] wə-ḥay-yîm. וְחַיִּֽים׃ and life Adj
Hebrew Texts
משלי 22:4 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
עֵ֣קֶב עֲ֭נָוָה יִרְאַ֣ת יְהוָ֑ה עֹ֖שֶׁר וְכָבֹ֣וד וְחַיִּֽים׃משלי 22:4 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
עקב ענוה יראת יהוה עשר וכבוד וחיים׃

Again from BibleHub, some agree with the HYS. Or don’t disagree too much. 😉


New International Version
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Christian Standard Bible
Humility, the fear of the LORD, results in wealth, honor, and life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The result of humility is fear of the LORD, along with wealth, honor, and life.

International Standard Version
The reward of humility is the fear of the LORD, along with wealth, honor, and life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The pursuers of humility: the awe of Lord Jehovah, wealth, honor and Life.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
On the heels of humility (the fear of the LORD) are riches and honor and life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The reward of humility is the fear of the LORD, Even riches, and honour, and life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The fruit of humility is the fear of the Lord, riches and glory and life.

Young’s Literal Translation
The end of humility is the fear of Jehovah, Riches, and honour, and life.


Other English translations put humility and the fear of the Lord on equal standing.


New Living Translation
True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.

English Standard Version
The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.

New American Standard Bible
The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.

King James Bible
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

NET Bible
The reward for humility and fearing the LORD is riches and honor and life.

New Heart English Bible
The result of humility and the fear of the LORD is wealth, honor, and life.

New American Standard 1977
The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Riches and honour and life are the remuneration of humility and of the fear of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.

American King James Version
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.

American Standard Version
The reward of humility and the fear of Jehovah Is riches, and honor, and life.

Darby Bible Translation
The reward of humility [and] the fear of Jehovah is riches, and honour, and life.

English Revised Version
The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD is riches, and honour, and life.

Webster’s Bible Translation
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.

World English Bible
The result of humility and the fear of Yahweh is wealth, honor, and life.


To me, this is a big deal. Are humility and the reverence of YHWH separate tracks of spiritual development, or if I just concentrate on humility does the reverence of YHWH follow without any additional work on my part? Oh, how I long to be able to understand this verse as a native Hebrew scholar!

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Report: HalleluYah Scriptures

I have been using the  HalleluYah Scriptures since August 9, 2017, and I really, really like the translation. The key feature is the use of restored names of God. I have used it long enough I no longer “translate in my mind” e.g. ‘our Adon Yahushua haMashiah‘ into ‘our Lord Jesus Christ.’ The phrase ‘our Adon Yahushua haMashiah‘ has its own meaning in my mind, and it “feels better” on my insides than ‘our Lord Jesus Christ.’ I end most of my prayers, “In Yahushua’s name, amen,” but there is nothing wrong ending my prayers, “In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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Nonetheless, like everything put together by man, there could be improvements.

Note: I apologize if any of these are available, and I just haven’t found them.

English Spelling Version Available

The British-English words like “plough” (instead of “plow”) make my brain stop reading to process the “misspelling.”

Online Errata

Let me check online known errors, with the ability to report those not listed. For example, the first “qodesh” in Revelation 4:8 should be “Qodesh.”

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Higher-Quality Paper Option

As shown in the photo above, there is significant bleed, which makes reading very difficult at times.

Online Version(s) Available

I would quote the HalleluYah Scriptures in most of my posts, if I could copy and paste. Ideally there would be four online versions available.

  1. British Spelling, Paleo fonts included.
  2. British Spelling, simple font only.  “YHWH” and “Yahushua” instead of the Paleo.
  3. American Spelling, Paleo fonts included.
  4. American Spelling, simple font only.  “YHWH” and “Yahushua” instead of the Paleo.

I have other suggestions, but these are the most important.

I highly recommend the HalleluYah Scriptures. I have learned a great deal from this translation.

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New Bible — New, Lush Pasture

I grew up on a ranch in western South Dakota. One of our neighbors followed a plan he believed helped his cattle grow faster than average in the summertime. He had divided part of his land into small pastures. Every week to two weeks, he would move the cattle to a new pasture in the middle of the day. He said, “If you move them in the middle of the day, when they usually rest, they will be excited to be in the new pasture. They will spend two or three hours more eating than they would in the old pasture, and they grow faster.”

I rode with him once and saw the evidence with my own eyes. Around noon we drove into the pasture. The herd knew what that white pickup meant! They came out from under the trees where they had been standing and lying down out of the noonday sun, and clustered around the pickup. When the whole herd was present we slowly drove to the new pasture and turned them into it. (We drove slowly because the herd would have run to keep up, and what’s the sense in that? 🙂 )

Ten minutes earlier all the cattle were resting in the shade. Now they were on their feet, wolfing down mouthfuls of new, lush grass a quickly as they could. I could easily believe the neighbor’s claim that they would grow faster because they spent two or three more hours eating than they normally would have.

Change is not always bad. Sometimes it is very, very good.

I have often used this principle in my Christian walk. If my Bible study seems dull or stale for a period of time, or if I’m trying to restart consistent study, an investment of some form or other helps. The change has to cost me something to be effective.

But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it for the full price. I will not take what is yours and give it to the LORD. I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!”
1 Chronicles 21:24 NLT

Almost 40 years a Christian, and I still can’t use cheap spiral notebooks. They’re not “special” enough. I need to use hardbound notebooks or DayTimer products. (The first entry in my first hardbound notebook is dated September 13, 1987. 🙂 ) I know I need to do this, and the Bible is cool with it. Make success as easy as possible for yourself.

Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Hebrews 12:13 NIV

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A Year of Wisdom and The Harmony of the Gospels Kit were two things I worked on in order to “freshen” my Bible study. They were very effective in getting me eager to do Bible study. My investment in the freshening was both money, and lots of time on the computer creating the materials.

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But perhaps the most effective thing I can do to make me want to spend more time in the Bible is to get a new “Primary Bible.” I have three categories of Bibles, reference Bibles, primary Bibles, and retired primary Bibles. I don’t care about the features of a reference Bible, as I only use them to look up passages in other versions. They can be new, used, hardbound, softbound, or have paper a thick as sandpaper. I don’t care. In fact with everything available on the internet, I don’t use them much anymore. But years ago I could have a half-dozen or more reference Bibles open on the desk as I was studying.

My primary Bible, however, has to have excellent characteristics. It needs a great cover, and the highest-quality paper within reason. It is my main tool, and it has to have cost me something. I seem to need to know it didn’t come from the damaged bin at Walmart. If that’s a weakness, so be it. I have found a solution that works well for me. I don’t get a new primary Bible very often. For example, one retired primary Bible is dated 9-10-96 and the next 12-27-02. (I don’t think there was one between them, but I’m not 100% sure. I have moved many times since my separation and divorce. My once 150 shelf-feet of books is down to under 25. I left many of my Bibles behind in my moves. 😦 )

My retired primary Bibles often make me smile. I love seeing them obviously used, and the oils of my hand having slowly erased the lettering on the binding. If I am ever on trial, accused of being a Christian, I hope they’re part of the evidence used to convict me. 🙂

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I got a new primary Bible on August 9, 2017.

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Like the cattle turned into the new pasture at high noon, I have been devouring it. I took it out of the box, and very quickly (it seemed) I had read all of Revelation and the first 25 chapters of Genesis. I’m going through Paul’s letters a complete book at a time. I read Job, Ecclesiastes, Ester, and several other Old Testament books in one sitting each.

Part of the reason for my reading more Bible than my usual is, of course, the times in which we are living. But part is what happens to me when I get a new primary Bible. I get this huge desire to just read it. I seem to want to make sure no pages are missing or upside down, and that no pages are permanently stuck together. It just happens. A new primary Bible begs me to read it. 🙂

If your Bible reading is sporadic or stale, I suggest you consider getting a new Bible. Get the size you want, the version you want and the color you want. Get a nice cover too, if you want. Consider getting a hardbound notebook, and some colored pens and pencils. You might be amazed at the Bible study you accomplish as a result. 🙂

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