I am going to retire my Bible. I am going to carefully put together the pages that are loose and just give the outer pages that are currently wrapped in polycovers a little support and put it together like that. I like it that I already have a fragile but transparent cover on my Bible. To be honest the spine is fine, it’s just the front pages with the printers notes, and the back pages with the maps that are loose.
This Bible, the venerable NIV Study Bible is a friend, this is the Bible that truly opened my eyes and my ears to hear God actually speak to me. It opens to the page I want to look up with a well accustomed familiarity.
This Bible has seen me through the most difficult circumstances. The words leap off the page to me, and settle inside my mind, fill my heart, and even take away my physical hunger.
Thats not just hunger for food, it is hunger for other desires.
This Bible has educated me. In reading good English I now speak and write good English.
I dont think my written and spoken English was bad, but I now have such a feeling of confidence when I write. My spelling used to be atrocious. Now I often have to battle the spell check to write a sentence. If we are not careful, allowing the spell check to limit our vocabulary, to re-spell so many words we have written, and find later it’s as though errors have crept into what I have written, that I know I did not type.
I think I would rather see bad spelling of the right words, than have the words altered altogether by a mind bending algorithm.
I have quite a few Bibles. I have an expanded version. One with the apocrypha. A Jewish study Bible.
(I bought it to find out why people say it it’s different.. It is, it doesn’t have the Good News of Jesus Christ in it). I am rich in Bibles. Perhaps I ought to gift some of them away.
Anyway I woke up with the realisation that I do not have a King James Bible. I was thinking the other day how I enjoy Shakespeare. We went to see Twelfth Night at our local theatre recently, it was live streamed. Adrian Edmondson was the Butler. The whole production was brilliant. It’s a pity the applause from the theatres it is live streamed to can’t be linked back to the source. They could have a clapometer to look at after the production. There isn’t any point clapping if no one is going to hear you! The theatre was eerily silent where there should have been applause. It sort of detracts from the theatre experience.
Anyway, the delightful thought for my day is buying a King James Bible. No of course my NIV won’t get retired, just that it’s feeling a bit fragile. I want to get a King James for the wonderful language. The old language that almost has a flavour to it. Things like ‘to gird up the loins of thy mind’! I can’t help falling into fits of giggles over something like that, but it’s so true. I want more of this laughter.
The King James was one of the finest works, if not the finest work of scholarship ever undertaken. It was commissioned so everyone could read the Bible in the English of the day. It was made possible by Caxton’s printing press. I want to get one, and read the Bible all over again in old English.
A long time ago I was told that to be a serious Bible scholar, I had to start learning Greek and Hebrew. Thank goodness God Said, Whats the point of that when you could be learning from this lovely Bible the best Scholars in the world have translated for you? Spend your time learning about me, not a dead language for the sake of scholarly vanity on your part.
The only point in learning the Greek ,Hebrew, Aramaic, or any other language is for study purposes, in order that you might translate them into the current language. I didn’t think I was called to be a translator!
So today is a very good day to go and buy a King James Bible. The New life chapel I have been to, the Pastor uses the King James because He says that is the Bible that saved Him. It’s just going to be easier for me to follow, and gain the richness of blessing meeting with other Christians in worship is bringing me, If I am reading the same Bible.
Besides, If God does call me to preach again, I must prepare myself with the right language, and be familiar with the way that God has spoken in the King James Bible.... I think I just answered the ‘if’.
I don’t think I would have woken up at half past four in the morning with an Idea I want to buy a King James Bible unless I am supposed to use it preaching.
Anyway, I have just heard the Birds singing, and a seagull crying out. I am shocked that writing this seems to have taken two hours. It’s half past six in the morning.
I dont one think I want my time eaten up any more like this. I think it’s time to stop writing this blog.
I have found a Church to belong to.
God bless you in the Knowlege and Love of Jesus Christ. May God pour out his blessing on you, and fill you so full of the Holy Spirit that you shine in this world like a beacon of light.
The beam from a lighthouse illuminating the world around you, and guiding people who are lost to the Lord Jesus Christ who is our passage of safety in this world, and the true promise of Eternal Life both right now, and for ever more.
See you in Church!
Well there... I went to the Christian Bookshop in town to buy my New Bible. I was led to buy the KJV Word Bible rather than the Study Bible. Two reasons. I expect this Bible to last me at least twenty five years, my NIV is at least that old if not closer to thirty. God said get the one with the bigger print, you might need it later. I sometimes wear contact lenses, and although good, the reading of small close typed print is more difficult even now.
The other reason is that with the Word Bible, it helps with the various translations of the Hebrew Greek and Aramaic the original texts were written in. I have a few commentaries, and the Bible notes in my NIV. This version does not have the concordance built in down the centre margin though.
Still, the reason I want it is to familiarise myself with the style of language, and to be able to follow the preacher in Church. It cost the Princely sum of Thirty Jersey Lievres. £30 English pounds. Which is a very Biblical sum. Judas sold out Jesus for thirty pieces of Silver. I can’t remember how much I paid for my NIV, however I bought it at the same shop.
A wonderful day as I saw my dear friend for a few hours. We do laugh together. Another fine Christian Lady. I always laugh so much when I am with other Christians. I don’t know why people think we are a dour lot.
I am just going to start at Genesis and read my way through. I have a delightful journey before me, through thousands of years of God’s presence with His people.