You know which kind of post is my favorite to write? The ones that I don’t plan in advance; the ones who’s topic suddenly surfaces and I know I must write. So you could say this post is a disruption in the regularly scheduled programming…for something quite important.
If you google “Bible translations”, you’re gonna find a ton of hits. New International Version, New Revised Standard Version, King James, New King James….the list goes on. Now, while all these translations deliver the same message of Hope and Salvation in Jesus, along with great ideas for joyful, peaceful and right living, the precise wording does differ. I came across one of these discrepancies the other night.
One of my favorite passages of scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6. It speaks of fully trusting the Lord, not on your own view of the world. And when you recognize Him and seek Him in your day-to-day life, He will help you. Obviously, this is my paraphrase 🙂 I’m familiar with two popular translations of this passage:
From the New International Version:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
From the New King James:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
I’m sure you noticed the purple letters in bold 🙂 So what’s the difference? Both suggest that when you recognize God, He’ll help you out, right? But for me, it’s the specific implication.
To say that God will “make your paths straight” implies that the road will be easy; that the Lord will remove all your problems, which He certainly could do. While I don’t believe that God likes to watch us squirm in discomfort, I DO believe that God allows us to experience or endure challenges for a time to facilitate growth, thus not just getting rid of the challenges in life.. And we all know that growth isn’t easy…
So this is why I prefer the second translation listed. The word “direct” makes me think of my dad helping me back out of a tight parking spot by pointing one way or the other. He didn’t just hop in the driver’s seat and back out for me (remove the problem) but helped me work through the situation by directing me, allowing me to become a better driver. Allowing me to grow.
Heavy thoughts for a Saturday morning! But it just felt so important.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Is there another scripture which has given you a similar experience?
I’d love to know 🙂
Have an excellent weekend, friends!