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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Does Psalms 91 Have a Condition?

Consider this verse.

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
Psalms 91:14 NKJV

God’s name isn’t ‘God’ or ‘Lord,’ it is the Tetragrammaton, Yod-He-Waw-He, often rendered in English YHWH. Does some or all of Psalms 91’s protections depend on knowing this?

I am יהוה, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols.”
Yeshayah (Isaiah) 42:8 TS2009

I am YAHUAH: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
YESHA’YAHU (ISAIAH) 42:8 את CEPHER

Pray about this post, because as always, I may be wrong. I think the protections of Psalms 91 primarily depend on having a relationship with the Father. But in Jesus’ prayer in John 17 He twice mentions having taught the Father’s Name, so you know it has to be important. In the 2nd reference (verse 26 is the last sentence of the prayer) Jesus says that love comes from knowing the Father’s name!

I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
John 17:6 NKJV

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
John 17:24-26 NKJV

I’m not an expert on any Bible topic, but my understanding is the true name of God has been hidden from most of the church for centuries. The best resources I know of that discuss this are the web sites of the three restored-names Bibles I have. I suggest you visit them. 1) The Scriptures, 2) Eth-CEPHER, and 3) HalleluYah Scriptures.

This is my personal experience, having used my restored-names Bibles since August 9, 2017. I still use the KJV, AMPC, NKJV, NIV, and others, but only secondarily. My restored-names Bibles are my primary Bible reading and Bible study tools. Reading ‘God’ and ‘Lord’ etc. in the KJV, NIV, and others, is for me like eating scrambled eggs where the cook didn’t remove the egg shells. It is still a nourishing meal, but the egg shell fragments interfere in the full enjoyment of the meal.

And I’m not kidding about this. I watched a YouTube video where the preacher enthusiastically shouted, “… the Holy Ghost!” I felt like I had been spiritually slapped. Maybe ‘ghost’ meant something else in 1611, but I think ‘Holy Ghost’ is a lousy translation in today’s English for the Ruah ha’Qodesh!

Now you know the Father’s Name is Yod-He-Waw-He, YHWH. The rest is up to you.

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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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Why I Read Multiple Bible Translations Example

I follow the reading plan in my One Year Bible, and I usually first read the passages in my hardcopy of The Scriptures. It has taken over a year, but now that I know the pagan origins of words like God and Lord, it just “feels better on my insides” to first read the passages in one of my restored-names Bibles. But often, after reading the passage in The Scriptures, I read the passage in one or more other translations. This usually results in better understanding, but sometimes leaves me somewhat frustrated – wanting to be able to understand the original languages. Let me give a recent example that is a little of both – both better understanding and some frustration.

The apostle Peter writes about false teachers in 2 Peter 2. I first read verse 18 in The Scriptures.

For speaking arrogant nonsense, they entice – through the lusts of the flesh, through indecencies – the ones who have indeed escaped from those living in delusion,
2 Peter 2:18 TS2009

Then I read 2 Peter 2 in the NIV. When I came to verse 18, my reading came to a full stop.

For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.
2 Peter 2:18 NIV

Do you see the difference? In the TS2009 everyone is at risk to false teachers. In the NIV it is new believers who are vulnerable! To me this is a huge difference! Which translation is right? I quit reading the NIV to research this. Many translations use some form of “just escaped.” All these next Scriptures are from this page, 2 Peter 2:18.

With lofty but empty words, they appeal to the sensual passions of the flesh and entice those who are just escaping from others who live in error.
BSB

For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,
NASB

For by speaking high-sounding but empty words they are able to entice, with fleshly desires and with debauchery, people who have just escaped from those who reside in error.
NET Bible

The KJV and a few others use “clean escaped.”

For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
2 Peter 2:18 KJV

For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
2 Peter 2:18 American KJV

For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, את eth through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
KEPHA SHENIY (2 PETER) 2:18 את CEPHER

I looked at the Greek text and the Greek word. I looked up the word “clean” in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary and at King James Bible Dictionary, to see perhaps if “clean” meant “just” or “barely” in 1611. (It didn’t. “Clean” back then meant substantially what “clean” means today.) These are my current conclusions, which I find both enlightening and somewhat frustrating.

  • Those believers who have “just escaped” or “barely escaped” from the wrong are especially at risk from false teachers, but I will not go so far as to say long-time believers are free of risk from deception from false teachers. Indeed, 2 Peter 3:17 tells us to keep on our toes spiritually.
  • The “clean escaped” translation, as found in the KJV and others, appears to be a translation error. I find this conclusion unsettling. 
  • But as always, I may be wrong!
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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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   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.

 

Psalms 46 – Change is Coming!

I like how Psalms 46 reads in The Scriptures.

1 Elohim is our refuge and strength,
A help in distress, soon found.
2 Therefore we do not fear,
Though the earth reels
And mountains topple into the heart of the seas.

Isaiah 24 expands on the earth reeling. For example,

The earth shall be utterly broken, the earth shall be completely shattered, the earth shall be fiercely shaken. The earth shall stagger like a drunkard. And it shall totter like a hut, and its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall, and not rise again.
Yeshayah (Isaiah) 24:19-20 TS2009

Bring it on! Elohim is our refuge and strength!

3 Let its waters rage, foam;
Let mountains shake with its swelling.
Selah.

Jerusalem, the city of the Great King.

4 A river whose streams
Make glad the city of Elohim,
The set-apart dwelling of the Most High.
5 Elohim is in her midst, she does not topple;
Elohim does help her when morning turns.

Things will change!

6 The nations shall rage,
Reigns shall topple;
He shall give forth His voice,
The earth melts.
7 יהוה of hosts is with us;
The Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ is our refuge.
Selah.

Oh, how I look forward to the end of war!

8 Come, see the works of יהוה,
The ruins He has wrought on the earth,
9 Causing all fighting to cease,
Unto the end of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
He burns the chariot with fire.

God is absolutely, positively in charge!

10 Be still, and know that I am Elohim;
I am exalted among nations,
I am exalted in the earth!
11 יהוה of hosts is with us;
The Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ is our refuge.
Selah.
Tehillim (Psalms) 46 TS2009

Jesus is coming back very soon, and life on earth will change forever. Are you ready to meet Him?

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   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.

IMO, Paul Did Not Write Hebrews

The apostle Paul has his own writing style. There are long, complex sentences in the letters that have his name in the introduction. For example, Colossians 1 is dominated by just three sentences, given here in the King James Version.

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
Colossians 1:3-8 KJV

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Colossians 1:9-17 KJV

21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Colossians 1:21-29 KJV

God gave me a mathematical mind that works well for computer programming. I do very well in the boolean world: Yes/No, On/Off, True/False, 1/0, +/-. But sentences like these three monster sentences from Colossians 1 I find frustrating almost to the point of tears. Let me give an example using the translation I use the most, The Scriptures 2009.

3 We give thanks to the Elohim and Father of our Master יהושע Messiah, praying always for you,
4 having heard of your belief in Messiah יהושע and of your love for all the set-apart ones,
5 because of the expectation that is laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Good News,
Qolasim (Colossians) 1:3-5 TS2009

What does the because in verse 5 apply to? The praying of verse 3? The belief and love of verse 4? Both verse 3 and verse 4? I can argue for any of these proposals.

As the clauses keep biting onto the end of the sentence, the possible interactions and inferences multiply. I have a lot of difficulty understanding long, complex sentences.


Sidebar on Translations

Both the King James Version and The Scriptures 2009 are fairly literal translations. That is, when you look at the Hebrew or Greek, you can see that the translators more or less just translated the words into English. In the Greek of Colossians 1:5 the first word is διὰ, Strong’s G1223. The TS2009 renders it “because” and the KJV “For.” Both are acceptable, but I think “because” is the better translation for today’s English usage.

By contrast, many of the “easier to read” translations are more interpretive. Notice how the translators of the NIV decided what the because of Colossians 1:5 means! They decided it applies only to verse 4.

3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel
Colossians 1:3-5 NIV

I’m not bashing the NIV. I used the NIV as my primary Bible for many years. I think it is a fine translation.


I recently studied the book of Hebrews, primarily using my TS2009. Though Hebrews has some long sentences, it does not have any of the long, complex sentences I have difficulty understanding. IMO Paul did not write Hebrews – it is just not his writing style!

If not Paul, then who? Maybe this guy.

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.
Acts 18:24-28 ESV


Epilogue

It recently dawned on me that my difficulty and frustration understanding Paul in the more literal translations is simply an opportunity to get to know the Holy Spirit better. It will prove to be a benefit. 🙂

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come.
John 16:13 BSB

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Are you following God's plan for your life? 
   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.