18th October 2011
The Colourful Language of the Old King James, Part II
“She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.”
Proverbs 5:19 (NLT)
As I mentioned in Part I about the colourful language of the Old King James, this version of the Bible contains some of the best prose ever written, and it is rich with stories containing a wide range of emotions and passion. For example we have things that surely shouldn’t be in the Bible, such as Proverbs 5:19 (KJV throughout), “Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.” Its message is right up to date as well—this message could have been written in the 21st century and this is just Proverbs, while we haven’t even mentioned the verging on pornographic messages found in Songs of Solomon—top-shelf stuff!
And as for God’s sense of humour—Proverbs 26:4, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” And Proverbs 26:5, “Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.” These verses are contradictory, yet any longsuffering wife, mother, teacher (insert what you will) will agree wholeheartedly with both.
Sometimes in our zeal to follow God we forget that this very passion that keeps us alive is something good. God looked at what He created and pronounced it good. That includes the full range of emotions, the love between a husband and wife, even food and drink.
We can live life to the full and still be connected with God. The thing about being passionate is that sometimes we are not always right, but God can work with that too. I pulled this off facebook earlier this year: “Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had affairs, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sarah was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Zaccheus was short, Abraham was old, and Lazarus was dead…. Now, what’s YOUR excuse? Can God use you or not? ~~~ God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED!
The above can sound rather glib, but when you think about it there’s a lot of truth to it. People who live life to the full aren’t full of apologies – but energy and a richness of life!
Help us to live life more abundantly, Father in Heaven, but also to guide our abundant living according to the Word of God which is so freely available to us. Thank you for the many different versions of that Word which add richness and clarity to your message. In Jesus’ name.
Study by Jackee Brown