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God’s Marriage Law- Genesis 2:24 (1)

20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into…

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The Suffering Servant- Isaiah 53:11-12

Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall carry their iniquities. (53:11) Despite the high cost, he can see the light and be satisfied with the outcome. I believe the NRSV makes the most sense of the phrase, following along with the readings of the LXX and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The servant is the righteous one. He has done no…

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NLT and Acts 2:38

Anytime I examine a translation, I first quickly turn to some of the “doctrinal” passages to see how the texts are handled. I assume I am not the only one who does this. After reading about how the NLT was first in unit sales last month, I decided to spend more time with the NLT. Many in the blogs argue that the NLT is worthy for study, not only reading. I picked up my NLT 2004 and first turned to…

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The Suffering Servant- Isaiah 53:10

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (53:10; ESV) Here is a notable instance where I believe the ESV is better than most of the translations. The NASB says that it pleased the Lord to crush the servant. The ESV, along with…

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Emergence of the NLT

According to CBA, here is the best selling translations for the month of July, in terms of units sold: 1 New Living Translation Tyndale 2 New International Version various publishers 3 New King James Version various publishers 4 King James Version various publishers 5 English Standard Version Crossway 6 Holman Christian Standard Bible B&H Publishing Group 7 Reina Valera 1960 (Spanish) various publishers 8 New American Standard Bible update  various publishers 9 The Message Eugene Peterson, NavPress 10 New International…

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The Suffering Servant- Isaiah 53:9

And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. (53:9; ESV)     The thrust of this prophecy is that he would be buried among the wicked rich, not with those who were innocent like him. Notice “the wicked” and “a rich man” are parallels just as “his grave” parallels “his death.” So the original intent of the prophecy is…

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Are You Loosed? – 1 Corinthians 7:25-28

25 Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not…

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Do Not Divorce- 1 Corinthians 7:10-11

I command the married–not I, but the Lord–a wife is not to leave her husband. But if she does leave, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband–and a husband is not to leave his wife. (1 Corinthians 7:10-11; HCSB) What part of this command is difficult? When a person gets married, the couple is to remain married. If divorce does occur, they must remain unmarried or be reconciled to each other. We are not allowed to divorce…

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Remain In The Condition You Were Called

This section of Paul's letter to the Corinthians has been used to justify all sorts of marital conditions. 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 has been used to argue that any marital condition one is in when he or she comes to Christ is acceptable and the person is to remain in that marriage. However, there are many problems with this position. Paul has been very clear about letting the reader know who is audience is as he addresses marriage in 1 Corinthians…

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1 Peter 1:1-2 and the NASB

In worship yesterday, the scriptures were read from Peter's first letter. As I was listened I was able to tell that the speaker was reading from the New American Standard, not updated, Bible. The original NASB reads- Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus…

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