Life is full of opportunities to be mediocre. During school we are graded on a 5 point scale. Getting C’s will get you through. In your career, there’s always opportunities to slide under the employee of the month standards and just get through the day. There might be someone more “lazy” at the next cubicle over, so we can easily coast and get away with not putting everything on your table. I mean let’s be honest, do any of us really work that hard? Here we have bodies that men have taken to the moon, tested beyond human understanding and physically pushed to the limits of olympic proportions. So we know our bodies CAN be stronger, faster and leaner. What about our minds? Mankind has done extraordinary things with this mind we were given by God. Wow! How do we top the genius put forth in medicine, science and technology? We do it everyday! Younger generations continually perplex and astound older generations in the physical and mental departments by bringing new amazing inventions, foods and even culture into the world. These things have also brought them epic proportions of wealth, health and longer life. The potential of our bodies and souls are truly incredible. But is that where being our best really counts?
“And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? Luke 12:25 KJV
Wow! Isn’t that a great verse? I was going to give you the NIV translation of it but they ironically translated it wrong. Ugh…
“Stature” is the Greek word, hēlikia and can be translated into maturity and length of life, it can also be translated stature as in how tall a man or woman grows to. His or her height. The NIV had two choices of translation there. They chose length of life. But the verse, in the context, has the word “cubit” in it. “Cubit” is the Greek word “pēchys”, which is a term defining the distance measured, like the term foot, or meter, or inch. Surely the NIV must have realized that the context of this verse is a person’s height, not the length of his life. Here is the NIV version.
Also, “worry” is a hyper generalization of the Greek word that the King James Version used for thought”. “Merimnaō” COULD be translated worry, yes, but it also could be care, concern, thinking pointedly about a situation, which isn’t always worrying. You could say instead, don’t concern yourself, don’t think about it. When one is trying to solve a mathematical equation in his head he is thinking or taking thought about the equation. Do you see how this is not always worrying.
Can you, by thinking about how tall you are and how tall you want to be, add one inch to your height? NO! Your genes and biogenetic DNA have already predetermined how tall you will be. Now how much you weigh, that is something you can somewhat control but never how tall you are from head to toe. This is one of the reasons the police always try to get an estimate of a criminal’s height. HE cannot become shorter or much taller without obvious help. Do you see why this is the accurate translation of that verse? The NIV has made a gross error here in this simple verse. WHY is such a huge error? Well, can medical science extended the length of you life? Yes. Can eating healthy extend the length of your life? YES. Can positive thoughts which lead to positive actions lengthen the amount of hours you inevitable live on this earth? SURE! What about the Word of God does it promise an extension of your life if you honor God?
” My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.” Proverbs 3:1-2
The NIV’s translation of that verse would make the whole WORD of GOD fall to pieces and become null and void. If God’s Word is God’s Will and we cannot trust God’s Word in this simplest verse, HOW then can we trust God Himself? His Word shows us who He is. God is perfect, but if we read, believe and trust a version of the Bible that blatantly proves HE, God, is not perfect, how can we be our best as a believing child of His?
Okay, I simply stumbled onto this horrifying error. I didn’t start the post today with this intention, but inadvertently it brings me to my point. Where can or should we be our best? Where does our WORK matter most? And where does being mediocre harm us the most? You’ve seen it for yourself.
“Study to shew thyself (yourself) approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Here is a literal translation according to usage and context of this verse.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved before God, as a worker who has no cause to be ashamed [f his workmanship], rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
We are workman of God and His Word. Why shouldn’t we settle for shoddy or haphazard translations of the Word? It harms us. We don’t just get a C- in theology, we fail because these kind of erroneous errors cut the Word out of our life and in the end our believing. They make us doubt the one true God. With the incredible abilities physically and mentally that God gave us imagine what could happen when we marry them with God’s gift of Holy Spirit. There is truly no stopping the joy, blessing and long abundant life you can attain.
God Bless You Today