This morning during my reading and meditation my thoughts about scripture and how different versions of the bible say different things reinforced what I frequently say about the need to search out the truth, not just in the things we read, but if Spirit brings something to our attention, the best and most effective and reliable thing to do is to meditate upon what is brought before us. Spirit reveals to Spirit the message that is applicable for us in the present moment.
Word Received 10+ Years Ago
I mentioned somewhere on this site how a certain word got planted in my heart at a women’s conference in Hamilton, ON, over a decade ago. At the time I was pretty much using only the KJV Bible and the message and the scripture that the pastor was referring to in her teaching, that pierced my heart was (my paraphrase):
“…. goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
Based on that scripture and wording, over time I felt the message was a sort of legacy that I would leave in my comings and goings on this journey; that is in whatever form, I would be imparting goodness and mercy towards these people or places or situations, as I moved on to the next thing. It could be an event any day of the week; even standing in a grocery line – like when you smile at someone and say hello – that’s goodness, and if the person was having a rough time of it, unbeknown to me, then my goodness I suppose could also be called mercy.
I never thought that this goodness and mercy were things that I personally would receive; mega blessings all the days of my life.
I thought YHWH was telling me that this is how my life is to be, my service to my fellow humans. As I am writing this now, I am smiling because James 4 just came to mind – another scripture that is engraved in my heart. It’s the one about our nasty tongues; how we bless YHWH out of one side of our mouth and curse our fellow humans out of the other side.
Again, I smile, as I share this message with you. Around 5 a.m. when reading Psalm 23 which Spirit kept bringing to mind all week, I picked up the Life Application Bible that is in the bedroom. Opening it, I read:
Psalm 23:6 Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life … .”
The KJV Bible reads as follows:
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Read More Than One Bible Version – Search Strong’s Concordance for Meaning(s)
Wow is what I said when I noticed the difference. It is a big difference based upon the key words “with” in the LA Bible and “follow” in the KJV Bible.
It reinforced for me that I cannot rely upon what I read in just one version of the Bible, because they are different. Also, what I read can mean something totally different to someone else.
As a writer and word etymology student, as well as having spent 30 years in the legal profession analyzing documents, contracts and other legal stuff; writing memoranda of opinions, writing arguments and closing arguments for court, I know how important a single word can be in determining the outcome of a trial. In a contract one wrong word can nullify the contract.
Even more so, I personally need to continue reminding myself to be conscientious, alert and awake to Spirit especially when seeking direction or making some major decision. But it isn’t just the big things of life, having a personal relationship with someone, you want to be with them, to talk with them all the time; to consult with them and ask their opinion.
Spirit’s Message – You Must Receive(Have) in Order to Give
Spirit so gently reminded me this morning, that of course I would be blessed with goodness, mercy, kindness, etc.,(as I have been all the days of my life),
because I cannot give or show goodness, kindness and mercy to others if I do not have them to give.
I know I’ve recently written about this, and likely have written about it before. However, it must be of grave importance for Spirit to be continually reminding me of this truth.
In closing I just recalled that there are things in the Old & New Testament that YHWH is continually reminding the people about; what to do, where to go, how to act. Certain key words can be found in 100’s of verses in scripture.
If Spirit is continually bringing something to our attention, it is safe and wise to believe that it is of utmost importance in our lives, and ultimately in the lives of others with whom we interact.