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Washing of Regeneration (Titus 3:5), ESV Study Bible, & NLT Study Bible

He saved us – not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5; HCSB) I have mentioned in previous posts how the study Bibles and commentaries feel compelled to backpedal from plain teachings about baptism. I am studying Titus 3 for a lesson that I will give in a couple of weeks. In my studies I was disappointed to see how the…

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The 24 Elders (Revelation 4:4), the ESV Study Bible, and the NLT Study Bible

There are a number of divergent views concerning the book of Revelation. Personally, I love the book. I really enjoy spending time in the apocalyptic language of the scriptures. So how to the new study Bibles deal with the difficult and controversial images of Revelation? I won't leave any comment about these notes this time since I disagree that the 24 elders refer to the redeemed. ESV Study Bible: 4:4 On twenty-four thrones sat twenty-four elders. Their number may reflect…

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The Perfect Translation

There are occasions when I like blending multiple translations together to make the perfect translation. I do this when I believe there is not one translation that does not have the degree of accuracy or clarity that I desire. Some readings are accurate but are unclear. Some readings are clear but cover up the real meaning. Why be a slave to one translation? We all admit that no translation is perfect (except the KJV only camp). I had to do…

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Cursed Is Everyone Who Is Hung On A Pole? (Gal. 3:13; TNIV)

A person posted a comment to one of my writings with concern for the TNIV. The writer pointed out a peculiar rendering of Galatians 3:13- Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” I suppose that most people who have known the scriptures well have the same reaction as I do: "On a pole?" What did the TNIV do? The…

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The Day Approaching (Hebrews 10:25) – ESV Study Bible and NLT Study Bible

I am studying for our Wednesday night Bible class and was digging deeper into Hebrews 10:25. Below are the translations and the study notes from the ESV Study Bible and the NLT Study Bible. ESV: not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. NLT: And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now…

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The Literal TNIV? (1 Corinthians 11:10)

I have been reading from the TNIV lately, giving it another "shot," if you will, after hating the 2001 TNIV New Testament release. So I am jumping around to read some of the controversial and difficult texts. I decided to check out 1 Corinthians 11:10. Notice the differences between the translations: Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. (NASB) That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of…

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Rise And Be Baptized (Acts 22:16) and the ESV Study Bible

I am teaching the book of Acts in our Sunday morning Bible class. I am preparing myself to teach Acts 22. In particular, I was examining Ananias' command to Paul in verse 16- And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins,calling on his name. (ESV) So I thought I would check out the study Bibles on this verse. The NLT Study Bible does not have a study note for this verse. Rather, the…

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The Husband of One Wife and the NRSV

I have been studying Titus for an upcoming sermon series that I will be delivering in November at our church. That is why the last two posts have been from Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3 concerning the qualifications for elders. I have made it around to reading Titus from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). It reads: ...someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious. (Titus 1:6) As I…

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The Husband Of One Wife (1 Timothy 3:2) – NLT Study Bible and ESV Study Bible

Another qualification of elders that has been argued over is that of being "the husband of one wife." Literally, this is "a one woman man." Let's see how the new study Bibles tackle the issue. NLT Study Bible: 3:2 must be faithful to his wife (or must have only one wife, or must be married only once; literally must be the husband of one wife; also in 3:12): This assumes but does not require a married male. It mainly addresses…

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“Faithful Children” (Titus 1:6) NLT Study Bible and ESV Study Bible

In giving the qualifications for an eldership, the apostle Paul instructs Titus: ...if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge ofdebauchery or insubordination. (Titus 1:6; ESV) Let me begin by saying that I hate (HATE) the ESV translation here with the phrase "his children are believers." This translation removes the other possibility that it recognizes in its study notes of the ESV Study Bible: ESV Study Bible:…

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