The Living Word
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. —Jeremiah29:13 (KJV)
"One, two, three ...” I continued my search through my bookshelves. “You’re kidding!” I said out loud. “Eight Bibles? Do I really own eight versions of God’s Word?”
I hadn’t realized the depth of my passion for God’s holy Word until that moment. Often I pore over several Bibles when I want to discover deeper meanings in my readings. It’s like a treasure hunt. I have the New Living Translation and Today’s English Version for clarity. I adore the King James Version for the sheer poetry of the verse. I like the Geneva edition so I can see what infuriated King James, inspiring him to refute that translation.
I scanned the other books in my collection. Scores of classics, dog-eared childhood stories, novels, nonfiction, and poetry. For all of these favorites, I never once considered reading, much less owning, any other versions.
And yet with the Bible, the more translations I read, the closer I feel to understanding God’s meanings and desires for me. It truly is a living Word! It takes on many shapes and sizes...God isn’t confined in the least! He keeps growing. He threads Himself through each and every one. I love seeking—and finding—Him in so many unique ways.
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