I'm not sure I want to know either. What I am speaking of, dear readers, is the *cough* The Catholic Living Bible: Paraphrased: A Thought-for-Thought Translation *gags* We discovered this while sorting through books today. I'd seen it around before, but none of us had ever actually taken a look at it before. It is really weird. Let me share with you some verses I found while flipping through it.
Warning: Not for those whose blood pressure rises easily
"After his father's death, he built Elath and restored it to Judah. Meanwhile, over in Israel..." 2 Kings 14:23 [Is that just weird wording or what?]
"I said to myself, I'm going to quit complaining! I'll keep quiet, especially when the ungodly are around me." Psalms 39:1 [No comment]
"Jesus' mother came to Him with the problem. 'I can't help you now,' He said. 'It isn't my time for miracles." [Ummm... Jesus uses contractions?]
"This is wonderful stuff,' he [the steward] said. 'You're different from most. Usually a host uses the best wine first, and after everyone is full and doesn't care, then he brings out the less expensive brands." John 2:4 and 10 [Excuse me, they didn't have "brands" in ancient Israel. ]
[My favorite one of all...]
"Now unto God our Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Sincerely, Paul. Ps. Say "hello" for me to all the Christians there..." Philippians 4:20-21[Okay, two things there. SINCERELY? Since when do the letters of Paul end like letters? And PS!?!?!!?!?!?]
Needless to say, that "Bible" is leaving.
To refresh you from the shock, here are the verses from The Holy Bible Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
"In the fifteenth year of Amazi'ah the son of Jo'ash, the king of Judah, Jerobo'am the son of 'Joash, King of Israel, began to riegn in Samari'ia and he reigned for forty-one years." 2 Kings 14:23
"I said, 'I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will bridle my mouth, so long as the wicked are in my presence." Psalm 39:1
"...the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come."
"Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine." John 2:4 and 10
"To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you." Philippians 4:20-21
Ai ai ai. Thank heavens the kids who used to "read" TCLB couldn't read!