December 9, 2009

How This Ever Got Into Our House, I'll Never Know

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!


  1. Oh my goodness, that is really something! It's really sad the way people think they are making things more "modern" or "easier for everyone" when really they are just dumbing down the Word of God, aka, the GREATEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN! I mean, just look at the difference between the TCLB version of the Psalm and the real quote. Which would your rather read? Something that just sounds like ordinary talk? Or the beauty and sublimity of the Psalms? I mean, seriously, the Bible is supposed to teach us about God and to raise our thoughts to Him. How can it do that if it sounds like street talk?

    Okay, sorry for ranting...thanks for posting this, Rose!

    Love ya,

  2. WHY does the Bible need jazzed up and dumbed down? "It's boooring..." Excuse me??? Grrrr. :D
    I Love the older translations like KJV(especially since they are more faithful to the Greek and Hebrew!). It's so beautiful!

  3. OH MY!

    I have had a book like that randomly end up in our house! haha
    I am glad you got rid of it!

  4. Very interesting. Myself, I would take the opportunity to show how ridiculous it is, by comparing verses between the two.

    By the way, how'd you get the snow falling? I thought that was only a Word Press plugin... gonna have to go and find it. Too cool.

  5. :O Wow! That's all I can say. lol Scary scary... :P

  6. I agree completly. The Word of God should not sound like street talk. If we present Christ teaching and God's Word as just ordinary stuff, nothing different or special, who will listen to it?~Ardhonial

  7. "P.S. Say hello for me to all the Christians there." ?!?!?!?

    Wow. Wow. Who thinks up these things, anyway? *shakes head in bewilderment* :) :) :)

  8. If I may be so bold as to humbly suggest that that translation isn't really so bad at all, once you realize that it isn't a translation at all; it's a transliteration.

    For example, the Scripture from one of St. Paul's letters is quite accurately transliterating his afterthought of a request to pass along his warmest greetings to the Christians elsewhere. And why must we get so offended when the only people we have to blame is ourselves? It's not St. Paul's fault that we don't read, speak, or comprehend Greek and Aramaic. Do you honestly think that St. Paul wanted us to read everything with a "thy, thou, thine" or "art" in it?

    As soon as you can settle your disquieted self over the informality of the language used, you would see that the transliteration is really not as far gone as you might accuse it of being.

    Anyways, those are my thoughts, and I still enjoy my not-so-transliteral Bible. You're not offending me by throwing the thing out.

    Until next time with all blessing and honor to Him who sits on the throne,
    De Facto (but you know me as V)


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