We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That is an odd translation compared to the KJV. The Lord is referred to as 'He', 'The Lord', and as 'you', and none of the inconsistent references within the text capitalize the pronouns for God. It seems a little blasphemous to me to make simple such a beautiful verse.
KJV; NIV; Good News; whichever translation- always a beautiful and inspirational verse. Thank you for posting it today.
Tho' growing up with the KJV I do like it best....merely a matter of the familiar, I think. My grandkids think the KJV is way too old fashioned and stiff.
Yes, in whatever version, the line about not fearing evil in the valley of the shadow of death has gotten me through a lot of crises. I love the phrase, "the valley of the shadow of death." It perfectly describes how one feels in a crisis.
Thanks for posting. I also heard this in church this morning. I go to a Lutheran church. Our pastor preached on the difference between wants and needs, based on the first line, and he actually brought the different translations into the sermon. Some translations say,"therefore I shall want nothing" and some say, "therefore I shall not be in need." But both imply that if you have God, you have what you need/want. Excellent sermon.
I have a few glowing, profound memories--pictures of my working class mom, making a living for three of us-- with joy Without complaint--her pure delight in being free to create her own company, even though it required ten hour days of physical work.
My mom delighted in being her own boss--back in the early fifties and sixties, and seventies, and eightess--SHE WAS FREE-- SHE WAS HER OWN BOSS. She rose early--worked hard at a legitimate job, with great skill, she worked for a better life. She saved her money--she invested with care. BUT, most of all what she was trying to do was to make the road easier for her daughter and her grand daughter--for all the years of her life--for every day of her life--that is what her focus was!!
Having said that let me take you to a lunch hour. A day back in the mid 1950's. My mom drive home from her little shop to fix lunch for us. During the summer it was my great delight to have that extra 30 minutes with her. This verse brings back a memory of a mid day in the kitchen. Mom had come home from work to fix us lunch. I was in the process of memorizing these words (King James version). I could remember some lines, some words, and was trying desperately to tie them together. My mom is at the kitchen sink--cleaning up from lunch. I stand there in the kitchen--my ten year old little self-her and I in the light streaming in over the kitchen sink. I recite, she corrects and encourages. I recite-- and she congratulates. This verse will be on my lips the last moment of this lfie--as it what is on my lips at the beginning of a thoughtful existence. Thank you